Being active in the small music scene of Sydney mean I get to play a lot of cool shows with a bunch of cool musicians, and hear a bunch of music that I wouldn’t normally get exposed to. East Denistone is one of those aforementioned cool musicians with cool music that one wouldn’t hear unless they’re in the know.
This is precisely why I’m writing about his new release Amongst Taller Trees.
I first met Marcus (the front man and songwriter behind East Denistone) through his involvement with Tinsmith (a different cool Sydney band that disbanded recently). I played a few gigs on lineups over the years, and their lead singer Chris produced an EP I recorded with a different band (I suppose you could say I know Marcus the way I know every other musician in my life - through a mismash of complicated creative connections)
The music he makes is very him - moody, intelligent and intensely passionate. The track Amongst Taller Trees is no exception to this.
This song reminds me of the early works of Birds Of Tokyo. Deeply rooted in rock, with a moody twist, intricate layers expressing a deep metaphor through well chosen lyrics. The chorus hook in particular has stuck with me through multiple listens. I wouldn’t call it catchy in the same way pop music can be catchy, but it definitely draws ones brain into a deep think.
I think East Denistones producer Chris captured the song well in studio. The recording ebbs and flows like the live version, and is dynamically sound. Some areas are very busy, but the intensity never crosses the line - a hard thing to pull off production wise.
I suppose this post has really just been a long winded way of saying here’s an artist I think is cool and should be heard by people! If you do like his stuff, be sure to not only stream it, but check him out live :) You can find out about future shows HERE
In unrelated news - it’s been a while. There’s a post coming about that soon (hopefully in the next week or so! I moved and stuff happened!)