Greenleaf - Trails & Passes

Greenleaf - Trails & Passes

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

(CD/LP, Small Stone Recordings, 2014)

Yesh, it's time to deal with one more trippy psych-tinged / Retro-oriented release able to create quite a buzz in the underground Rock scene where there is already a following behind the name GREENLEAF (mainly because of the DOZER guitarist Tommi Holappa), so I bet this band’s fifth long-player, named “Trails & Passes”, was highly anticipated by the fans and the media.

Having the two quarters of the band replaced by Sebastian Olsson and Arvid Jonsson on drums and vocals respectively, Swedish 70s-laden rockers GREENLEAF offer one more masterpiece full of mouth-watering guitar leads, fiery basslines and a Retro-colored voice that I think will become this album’s big revelation. I mean, Arvid will draw most of the attention with his tinkling timbre that adds a really cool and old-fashioned layer to the band’s sound. The groovy catchiness of “Our Mother Ash” sounds like it came straight from the 70s with the greatly influenced THE WHO / early DEEP PURPLE structure, the hippie, airy vocalisms and the to-die-for vintage guitars putting the song into repeat-mode right away. “Ocean Deep” delivers the goods with the same respect for the ‘flower-children’ decade, maintaining an old-fashioned style in every instrument, while Arvid’s voice sounds like the perfect match to the music that will make you think it’s the mid-70s again. In pretty much the same wavelength are the Hendrix-esque “Equators” and THE TURTLES-laden “Depth Of The Sun”, while “Humans”, my personal favorite “With Eyes Wide Open” and “The Drum” outreach to a more modern sensation, bringing forward the band’s known trippy, psych-ed Stoner Rock virtues. Last but not least, the closing and self-titled track in a way sums all the element GREENLEAF used in this album wrapped in a finger-licking mixture of the old and the new, a strange yet alluring blend of sounds, colors and fragrances, being the perfect soundtrack for long-distance walks through trails & passes.

Small Stone Recordings gave a breath of life to one more Rock masterpiece and I’m sure it will be in many end of the year lists (mine’s too). To put it simple: if you really like THE SWORD’s “Apocryphon” then you will treat “Trails & Passes” with equal amounts of love.

9/10 


Links:

www.MySpace.Com/GreenleafHeavyRock
www.FaceBook.Com/GreenleafRocks


Tracklist:

01. Our Mother Ash
02. Ocean Deep
03. Equators
04. Depth Of The Sun
05. Humans
06. With Eyes Wide Open
07. The Drum
08. Bound To Be Machines
09. Trails & Passes


Lineup:

Tommi Holappa - Guitar
Sebastian Olsson - Drums
Bengt Bäcke - Bass
Arvid Jonsson - Vocals