Evocative, flowing tunes tease out emotions and aspirations and keep you reaching for the 'repeat' button.
Beautiful tracks and its hard to pick a favourite. Class.
Sebastian Swarm, Founder Lunacy Record Label, Glasgow
Abrasive Trees is the creative vehicle for the music of Matthew Rochford. The approach is experimental and immersive and the sound could be described as spectral, layered and brooding with intricate, drone-drenched guitars. The overall energy owes as much to post-punk as it does to ambient psychedelia, folk or post-rock.
Strings, dulcimers, guitars that sound like old synths or sitars, voices in the distance and stories that take you somewhere. Esoteric bass, analogue drum machines and acoustic drums recorded in a Victorian house. You have to hear it really. And see it.
As well as writing the music. lyrics and producing, Matthew also sings, plays guitars, dulcimer, Ebow and programmes the analogue drum machine.
The debut single and video is scheduled for release September 2020 via Wise Queen Records with an album following in 2021.
An array of accomplished collaborators have contributed to the project both live and in the studio:
Nadia Abdelaziz - Voice, Dulcimer
Ffion Atkinson - Voice
Mark Beazley - Bass
Laurence Collyer - Shruti Box, Steel Guitar
Steven Hill - Guitars
Jay Newton - Keys
Mark Parsons - Bass
Ben Roberts - Cello
Seb Rochford - Drums
Peter Yates - Guitars and Percussion
Jo-Beth Young - Voice, Guitars, Percussion, Harmonium, Tibetan Bowl, Recorder
Jess Wooler - Films