The Palm Tree is a warm, inviting record - a mix of cool California harmonies and lo-fi indie-rock charm - full of beauty, grandeur, and chaos.
-Popheadwound in introduction to an interview with Chris and Mollie
The Palm Tree
This album is nothing to mythologize, this is a record to listen to repeatedly, and to admire until you adore, and to burn into the hippocampus because of (not despite) all its strange, wonky, sometimes grating and (yes) twee moments.
They make some of the most fantastic lo-fi twee I've ever heard. Imagine a cuter, cleaner Jesus and Mary Chain with a grungier feel (maybe the Swirlies) and a stop-start formula that I simply can't compare to the Unicorns. While this stuff is terribly sad, it really wrings your heart in all its genuineness, truth, honesty, and sincerity . . . Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet ... never let these two go.
The Palm Tree is a perfect 44 minutes of lo-fi pop
-The Fire Note
There are so many amazing tracks on this record – the instant catchiness of Mice Eyes, the clap along bounce of Waltz are two - but the fragmented, quirky nature of each song makes every song enjoyable and worth while.
I also find myself thinking when listening to their newest album, The Palm Tree, how is it I have not heard of them before? Do yourself a favour and aquaint yourself with them now before everyone else is in on the secret too.
-the sky was candy
If you’re looking for something beautiful, obscure, and well-worth your time, then my friend this is the winner for the week.
-Sound the Sirens
Chris and Mollie are definitely marching to their own strange drumbeat, and there is an addictive charm to their style. When they sing together they can induce feverish daydreams of a Mates of State on (or off) anti-depressants. When Donlon goes at it alone, his whispery vocals recall the glum of Elliot Smith. And when they get the haphazard music moving they can bring to mind Architecture in Helsinki minus a dozen or so members.
-Lost at Sea
they're two very nice people with a witty (and occasionally self-deprecating) sense of humor, and excellent songwriting skills.
-Quick, Before it Melts
Even better, the material here still stands up months later: the title track and “Waltz” house indelible hooks, “Transition Trade” is a bloody hearted jaunt, those opening drums on “Gravity” still sort of blow my mind wide open. And, hell, the thing’s a concept album. Much love.
-CMG 2007 Halfstravaganza!
Sure the sound is kinda lo-fi. But that’s not a bad thing and doesn’t disguise the big ideas at the heart of the songs. Transforming primitive and basic sounds into original songs. Somehow combining heart break with uplifting joy. Simplicity with imagination. Noises float in and swirl around. There’s twee bits, folk bits, quiet bits and slightly louder bits. And they all come together to form a wonderful whole that sounds like they’re having the most tremendous fun imaginable.
-to die by your side
Their album The Palm Tree is a romp through multiple styles of pop which never feels complacent in any place other than a serene musical background and half shouted (no screamo!), half sung enthusiasm.
-Hate Something Beautiful
So they formed a band to play their unique brand of primal Pavementesque lo-fi pop complete with endearing blemishes and flaws that is authentic, honest and sincere.
-The Devil has the Best Tuna
My descent into indie-asshole-elitism is now complete: bought a record straight from an unsigned band and have the gall to declare it one of the best of the year so far.
Chris and Mollie know how to wake you up just when everything in your mind’s still weird. Give me a Southern California morning with some funky blinds to mess with the light and I promise I will spend the whole day listening to The Palm Tree.
-The Wig Fits All Heads
(take to the skies)
. . . their jams living creations both loose and woven tight through threads of creation, like clouds transforming as they glide by on a beautiful day. . . It's actually, quite lovely, sometimes strange, but always engaging.