The US rock duo Elm Treason are becoming an annual feature, with this the third occasion in three years.
Elm Treason – Acoustic Treason – artwork
In September Elm Treason released the LP Acoustic Treason, dedicated to Harry, the sheepdog, who until his death last November had always sat with the duo at rehearsal and recording sessions.
The first of the ten tracks Just Like Rock And Roll does exactly as it says on the tin. Just under over three and a half minutes of bouncing rhythm leaps its way around the room in to which some solid guitar twirls are given room to pirouette.
Elm Treason – a rock outfit from Staten Island in the USA is the duo of Andrew Roman and Robert Steel.
Sometimes glittering guitars are what makes for a focal point that makes perfect sense and Elm Treason is one of those occasions. In principle extended guitar sequences should send me off to read a book, however these guys are able to make those interventions not only relevant, but the focal point of interest.
Undoubtedly talented and confident musicians Elm Treason in a few short tracks are able to lift the listener to a sense of well-being with their optimistic and shimmering electronic and acoustic flecks of gold. When creators are so relaxed into their groove they have the ability to take even the most jaded ears into a state of reverie into a genre they normally recoil from – that is the ultimate testament of creativity.
Seamlessly, they add a new dimension to a style of music that theoretically has been ploughed, resown, reaped and recycled, yet Elm Treason add something new and invigorating to it all.
With a recent EP behind them (With You – which is available on iTunes*) and a new LP Days Of Reaction scheduled in short order, I look forward to hearing more of what is at the core a mainstream rock band – and it isn’t very often you find me writing those words.