Scotland has been at the hub of great new electronic music in recent years and this duo, Atom Tree, are continuing that mighty fine legacy with some style.
Been waiting for a while for this one to drop. It’s some of the best new chilled, ambient, electronic music I’ve heard in quite a while. It really stirs some deep warm emotions inside of you with its melancholic and optimistic moods. The EP is just like a Luv Chill Symphony!
I’ve previously said Atom Tree is a huge talent to rival the likes of Jon Hopkins, full of deep atmospheric lo fi electronic vybz with gorgeous and breathtaking melodies and that it’s part of the future.
Well, not that it needs reinforcing because once you hear it, I’m sure you’ll agree, but I’ve just said it again.
I think you’re gonna be hearing a lot more of this EP all over the TV ads and radio in the UK in the coming months.
The EP drops in the stores on 18 October but for now here’s a mini-mix of what to expect:
Dynamic new two-piece Atom Tree (formerly Atomic League), the new signing to Piggyback Management, release debut EP ‘Tide of Thorns’ on 18th October 2013 (Hot Gem via Finetunes). Fronted by 23-year-old Glaswegian Shaun Canning, the band began as a Soundcloud project in June 2012, becoming a live two-piece in April 2013. This buzzy new electronic act with their blend of organic tones and electronic pulses, submerge listeners in haunting soundscapes, which is already winning them fans in all the right places.
Supplementing Shaun (from Mount Vernon, in Glasgow’s east end) are percussionist Michael Robertson and guest vocalist Fergus Cook (of Glasgow band Discopolis) who approached the band to collaborate after seeing them perform at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Fergus is now writing songs for the duo, having already written their debut EP track ‘Desired Effect’.
Though in their infancy, Atom Tree has already had track plays on a number of radio stations across the breadth of the UK. This has included appearances on three separate DJ playlists in one month on Amazing Radio, as well as featuring on Glasgow’s Music City Radio, Jim Gellatly’s New Music show, Heartland FM, Salford city FM, as well as on Ally McCrae and Vic Galloway, who confirmed there was a great response, within the BBC, as well as from listeners.
Atom Tree was also featured as part of Stuart McLean’s musical project ‘The Dark Outside Returns’ (http://thequietus.com/articles/12695-dark-outside-forest). The project featured a stellar cast of artists including Mogwai, Factory Floor and Blancmange, broadcast to the Scottish wilderness on 31st August as part of the Environmental Arts Festival. Atom Tree will play the Bonobo afterparty at the O2 Academy, Glasgow on 4th October with a set including a re-working of a Bonobo track, and London 4th of December, at Catch on Kingsland Road.
Catch an awesome vid too:
‘Tide of Thorns’ EP tracklist
1. Die For Your Love
2. Desired Effect (featuring Fergus Cook)
3. Tide of Thorns
Atom Tree gigs: Autumn 2013
16th September with Zombie Zombie Mono
4th October 2013 Bonobo (after party) + Deadly Rhythm + special guest 02 Academy, Glasgow
19th October 2013 Human Document Festival CCA, Glasgow
4th December EP showcase Catch, London.
Here’s a couple of more tracks you can hear to get a flavour of their majesty and finesse: