While most band names are silly non-sequiturs group members almost always seem to regret a week after choosing them, Scattered Trees fits this five-member collective like the proverbial glove. Started as loose, informal music-making sessions between longtime friends/relatives, the artists and musicians — as will happen — began seeing each other less and less often as real life pulled them away from each other. But when singer/songwriter Nate Eiesland’s father passed away and he channeled his emotions through a batch of special songs, the friends reconvened to record the acclaimed album, Sympathy, and rededicate themselves to Scattered Trees as a sturdier entity. It’s obviously some heart-strings-pulling stuff, but the melodies and harmonies often soar to the heavens and the music’s tone is never too dour. And the band is far from humorless — in a music video for the gorgeous, melancholy-drenched track “Love and Leave,” a drama is played out involving a princess, Star Wars Stormtroopers and Boba Fett.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Wilco, Luna, misery lovin’ company. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "Sympathy is filled with gorgeously melancholic tracks (think Wilco meets The Lonely Forest), and we can't get enough.” (Nylon)
~ “Recalls Jeff Tweedy and Dean Wareham sharing a taxi in the wee small hours.” (My Old Kentucky Blog)