Wisdom in the Trees

 

From the opening strains of the title track of Willow Waters' "Wisdom in the Trees", we know we are setting off into the wild. Dancing lithely between rock and roll, country, old folk, and jazz, this album teems with intricate and surprising musical moments. Between the asymmetrical groove of "Muttering the Turning Breeze", the languid reverie of "Autumn Winds", and the tensely building harmonies of "Climb", Willow covers extensive musical and thematic ground. Yet, along the journey we take time to pause - transported to sunny riversides or foggy morning peaks with Meditations and Improvisations laden with field recordings. Centering it all is Willow's singular voice - grounding in its timbre yet soaring in its revelations. At times she sings with a warm, liquid ease, and at others she wails and shrieks resistance. She sings of a profound lesson - that there can be no earthly delight without the righteous anger and rebuke of the powers that wish to destroy it - truly the wisdom that the trees have to offer.
- written by Carlisle Evans Peck

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Album Credits
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Music and Lyrics by Willow Waters
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Julia Floberg         Cello (9, 12)
Rachelle LaNae        Cello (9, 12)
Kyle Johnson          Mandolin (1, 6, 8)
Peter Breen           Keyboards (3, 5)
Carlisle Evans Peck   Keyboards (1, 6)
Emily Kastrul         Vocals (2, 5, 6, 8, 11), Accordion (10, 12)
Thomas Strommen       Tenor Saxophone
Matt McIntyre         Upright Bass
Eric Schee            Drums
Willow Waters         Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric GUitar (3, 11),
Slide Guitar (8), Trumpet (1), Euphonium (1), Mandolin (9),
Rhodes Keyboard (4, 10), Piano (7), Aux Percussion (1, 6, 10)
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Recorded by Andrew Crowley
at Organica Studios
Mixed by Willow Waters
with Nick Horowitz and Andrew Crowley
Mastered by Rob Schlette
Album Artwork by Susannah Belbas

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