I was given the first Tree branch Twig tape, “7 Collages”, when the project’s primary mover and shaker, Lindsay Keast, moved to Des Moines. The tape was a collection of sounds, ranging from field recordings to loosely-constructed singer/songwriter experiments. It carried itself with an amusical aesthetic, ignoring typical song structure, instead putting the focus on comparing and contrasting sound sources.
For the new TbT tape on Warm Gospel, the project expanded into a trio. The tape consists of one piece of music spread over two sides of the tape. The track explores different territory than previous efforts, working through drone and doom frameworks to create a sound space that swings like a pendulum between the glimmer and grime of abstract musical landscapes.
As it wanders through the spiraling improvisation of Side A onto the flip side of the tape, that landscape thickens. The skies darken as a rumbling storm of deep bass shuffles in underneath. By the end, voices and thick tonal walls have spun together into a towering, layered barrage of sound. There’s an oppressive inevitability to it all, like the future pushing back on us as we lower our heads to its crosswinds and continue to trudge ever forward into its grasp.
"Tree branch Twig Trio’s ability to contextualize their minimalist drone within traditional songform, albeit at a glacial level of unfolding, binds the piece together across its full 43 minutes and 15 seconds. "
-Bob Bucko, Your Record Collection Sucks