We first got hip to the many talents Mike Savino possesses when the bearded banjo slayer joined Kishi Bashi in our insane session
a couple months back. After witnessing techniques and tricks, the likes of which we've never seen performed on a banjo before, we had to go rummaging through Mike's background, stumbling across his personal outlet for such unusual creative enterprises, Tall Tall Trees
. Mike's own bio refers to his weapon of choice as a "space banjo" or "banjotron". Hearing Mike slab layer upon layer of effects, loops, bowing, drumming, and strumming, we're simply calling it "amazing". So consider us super psyched to be premiering the video for "Highwire"; the first song from Tall Tall Tree's album, Moment
Tall Tall Trees, formed in 2008, is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Mike Savino. Often performing on a home-rigged electric banjo sent through a number of effects pedals and loopers, Savino along with longtime collaborators Mathias Knzli (drums), Kyle Sanna (guitar, keyboard), and Benjamin Campbell (bass) create music that is a blend of folk and rock with the occasional foray into psychedelia.
Moment, the bands sophomore album, made possible by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, was released on vinyl LP, CD, and digitally February 2012 via the bands own Good Neighbor Records. The album has been called an LP of majestic sonic qualities by Groopease and showcases their evolution from a quirky bluegrass-leaning side project into a fully formed indie-rock band. Recorded by Matthew Cullen
(My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne) at Dreamland Studios (Fleet Foxes, Delta Spirit) outside of Woodstock, NY, and mixed by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), moment finds the band crafting a rich textured sound to support the more complex themes dealt with in this set of nine songs. Inspired by a group camping trip into the Alaskan wilderness, moment tells the story of a man yearning for escape and connection with nature. Listen Before You Buy called it a beautiful and compelling album, drawing references to Wilco and Brian Eno.
Tall Tall Trees self-titled debut was released in 2009. Jezebel Music dubbed it a perfect storm of catchy songwriting, spot on performances, and crisp, inventive production. The record became a mainstay on college radio charts for several months despite the bands lack of promotional funding. According to College Music Journal , its impossible not to smile at their pop-driven folk songs earning the band official showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon three years in a row.
Songs like Heart Says Go and Bubble Gum have found their way onto television shows like Teen Mom, American Pickers, and Two and a Half Men and have earned the band a loyal cult following for their eclectic brand on indie folk-rock.