Admiral Fallow return with their second LP, Tree Bursts In Snow, the follow-up to the warmly received Boots Met My Face. The release of the Glasgow-based quintet’s debut in 2010 saw them join high in the ranks of a burgeoning collection of Scottish bands delivering raw, emotive music and lyrics so well that Scottish Indie once again became a highly-appreciated genre. Admiral Fallow sit alongside The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, My Latest Novel and We Were Promised Jetpacks at the forefront, all of their music not only being appreciated in their homeland but also much further afield.
Tree Bursts In Snow was recorded in the famed Chem 19 studios in Glasgow with former Delgados drummer Paul Savage (Mogwai, King Creosote) at the helm as on their debut, then mastered in New York by Greg Calbi who lists Bon Iver, The National and Battles to his many credits. One can only assume that the musical relationships with Paul Savage and Greg Calbi were strong as the result is an album which sounds as if it has been perfectly placed together at every stage of it’s development.
The band continue in their diverse use of instruments, something that has ensured that they stand out from an ever-busy indie crowd. Clarinet, flute, piano, brass and strings are all an integral part of the signature sound of Admiral Fallow and heavy folk influence flows throughout their music. Highlights of Tree Bursts In Snow are Brother, The Paper Trench, Isn’t This World Enough? and Old Fools. Louis’ songwriting is intelligent, honest, stark and soul-bearing. The harmonies – both between voices and instrumentation – are seamless on an album that becomes more enchanting with each listen.
Admiral Fallow haven’t rehashed their first album, instead making a marked improvement producing a confidently textured album that stays true to their sound while taking a good leap forward as a unit. Progression is always important, for both a band and their fans, and Admiral Fallow have stretched and improved their sound further. Trees Bursts In Snow is an album with conscience, full of great lyrics, musicianship and sentiment.