Skeleton Trees is a Canadian alternative band formed in 2007.
The project is the brainchild of J. Bannon, Jean-David Brouillette and Alice Morrison, three Montreal artists interested in experimental and avant-garde music who also discovered they shared similar interests in multimedia, films and psycho-acoustic experiments.
Playing like a strange mix between the soundtrack of a David Lynch film and what would crawl into your mind after reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman, Skeleton Trees' music aims to become the soundscape of your dreams.
With her sensual French accent, Alice Morrison's haunting vocals make her sounds like she could be Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier's dark sister, while at the same time sharing a few things in common with the Velvet Underground's Nico.
Skeleton Trees universe is inhabited by ethereal guitars, luscious violins, hypnotic drums, organ drones and ghostly whispers while the repetitive and dynamic basslines are reminiscent of The Cure's album Faith with their omnipresence.
The band's first offering is the conceptual album Season of Mists which, like Fields of the Nephilim's seminal album Elysium before it, could be perceived as a single epic piece presented in different chapters; each segment flowing into the next.
Obvious echoes from gothic bands such as Dead can Dance and Joy Division can be heard throughout the album but one might also recognize influences from avant-garde composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass or even from bands as different as Portishead and Tangerine Dreams.
Skeleton Trees unique sound could be classified as progressive darkwave, ethereal music and even Art Rock but it must be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Even though the roots of Skeleton Trees started as far back as 2002, the actual lineup and concepts were only finalized in 2007.
J. Bannon and Jean-David met for the first time in 1992 when Jay was looking for a bassist for his gothic rock band The Endless. The band's duration was short-lived, when both realized that they didn't like the direction it was taking. So, The Endless broke up after only 1 year of existence and only one gig.
In 1994, a first album was recorded under the name kaivalya but after months of recording the duo decided to abandon the release, totally unsatisfied with the material.1994-95 saw some live performances in Montreal but in 1996 everything stopped.
It wasn't until 2002 that work on a new musical project started again. The newly-created sound was now more defined and mature, but a lot of work still had to be done.
In 2007, Skeleton Trees was born and found it voice with the addition of it lead singer; Alice Morrison.
After 2 years of composing, testing and experimenting, Skeleton Trees has finally reached the sound it has been looking for all along. Season of Mists is the band's first official release.
We didn't play any shows yet but we intend to do a few performances later, in 2011.
We have a lot of musical influences; Bands like Portishead, Goldfrapp, Stereolab, The Cure, Tangerine Dreams, The Legendary Pink Dots and Joy Division but also artists like Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Nico, Philip Glass, Klaus Schulze and Ennio Morricone.
I would also have to add progressive music and balinese music to the list!
We also have a lot of non-musical influences like movies; David Lynch, Jean Cocteau, Maya Deren, Alexandro Jodorowsky and comic books like Nel Gaiman's Sandman.
We use a lot of real instruments (violins, 6-strings bass, electric guitars, etc) and keyboards (Roland JV-80, Korg MS-2000, E-MU e6400 sampler, Korg Symphony), the vocals were recorded with a Rode NT1 mic, the mix was done through a Yamaha 01V digital mixer and the main software used was Cakewalk Sonar.
Well, Season of Mists is our first album and it took more than two years to produce. We are very proud of it! If you like conceptual albums, dreamy sounds, female vocals, cinematic music, audio experiments and ethereal music, you should give us a try!