Broody, drenched in texture and teeming with stylistic flair, Sydney’s East Denistone unveils his strongest single yet with ‘Amongst Taller Trees’. As his first release of new music for 2019, East Denistone strikes a chord as the song lands heavy with emotional lyricism against a rich musical tapestry. Built on crashing percussion and a dramatic coupling of guitars and keys, ‘Amongst Taller Trees’ battles between ideas of persistence and one’s creative endgame.
Recorded at Turtlerock Studios in Leichhardt in December, East Denistone (Marcus Hoon) worked with great Sydney talent in bringing his original arrangement to life and adding extra flair to the final product. What the listener is gifted with ‘Amongst Taller Trees’ is a composition that has hints of Radiohead and The National threaded through production and melodies, however in East Denistone’s vocals, dedicated listeners will notice the music’s strong progression (in some ways a departure) from earlier material.
East Denistone’s music has always pulled from influences all around him. ‘Amongst Taller Trees’ indicates maturity and skepticism underlying lofty ideas of success as a musician – the constant push and pull creatives can often have with themselves as the path toward artistic fulfillment and evolution continues to wind and turn. “The song’s about my own persistence when it comes to creating not just music, but a music career, all of it underscored by the question of whether or not it’s all worth it. I’d like to think those themes are quite universal.” East Denistone
Working with Christopher Raicevich and Rick O’Neil on mixing and mastering respectively, had East Denistone and the players on the track in masterful hands; the attention to detail shines through the quality of ‘Amongst Taller Trees’, making the single a defining marker for East Denistone’s building body of work. Remaining curious and open to outside input, the musician admits that he let the creation of the song in studio fly more freely than on previous work. “Going into the studio, I only had vague instructions on how the vibe and the mix of the song was meant to be, which is actually quite a big departure from how I like to operate. I’m usually pretty prudent about every note and every tone that goes into a song before I begin a proper recording session. …The process itself was as smooth as I could have hoped for, given the lack of definition in the song going into recording day, and the uncharted waters we were navigating with regards to producing an alt-rock track.” East Denistone
PRAISE FOR EAST DENISTONE
“This track caught our ears with its wonderful horns, and grand swoon of a sound. …It’s more on the indie rock tip, in the vein of The National and Grizzly Bear, but it incorporates elements of baroque pop and folk music.”
Post To Wire (‘House on the Quiet Street’, 2018)
“With each listen, its sentiment grows on me. I’m constantly picking up on little tidbits here and there.”
Moptopmusic (‘Sitting With Strangers’, 2018)
“…a storytelling experience.”
OzMade, Josh Olek (‘All My Crooked Bones’, 2018)
“‘All My Crooked Bones’ is more twisted of a song than you’d think. The gentle ride apexes with a gallant but manic ending.”
Comeherefloyd (‘All My Crooked Bones’, 2018)
The new East Denistone sound and live show will be unveiled for a hometown crowd at a highly anticipated show in Sydney on March 29th at the Lady Hampshire in Chippendale. A seasoned live musician, East Denistone’s prowess on stage has continued to flourish over the last year; with 2019 well underway, the artist is ready to take it by the horns with ‘Amongst Taller Trees’ proving his strongest statement piece yet.
EAST DENISTONE ‘AMONGST TALLER TREES’ LAUNCH
Friday March 29th Lady Hampshire Chippendale
with Pearl The Girl, Megan and The Vegans
‘Amongst Taller Trees’ is released Friday February 15th 2018.