Postcard from Rome
Tree by Leaf began, as many things do, with friends and lovers spending time making music. Throughout the tumult and evolution that accompanies the life of a young band, relations of friendship and love have remained the touchstone of Tree by Leaf. At the age of nineteen Garrett Soucy's adolescence of seventies folk at 33 1/2 rpms erupted into prolific songwriting. The sensibilities born of childhood steeped in Baptist and Pentecostal church music and classical education that Cliff Young and Siiri Soucy brought to the band turned Garrett's ear for melody and undeniable writing talent into something extraordinary. Winding layers of multiple harmonies and densely textured guitar and piano create a sound the listener seems to remember, while knowing he has never quite heard it anywhere else. Organ, accordion and harmonica play with ambiance. With influences as divergent as traditional folk and college rock, Tree by Leaf's music is all their own. Since 1999 Tree by Leaf has been touring the country and playing summer festivals, carving the little inroads that place them deeply in the heart and memory of their audience. They have shared dates with a wide variety of musicians including Vassar Clements, Brooks Williams, Jess Klein, Andrew Peterson, Sarah Masen, and Tracy Grammar. The ragtag collection of energies and perspectives that first coalesced on their 1999 debut album 'Evening Treatise' and continued on the expansive 'Works of Mercy' in 2001 now lives on in their most recent record, 'Postcard from Rome'. Tree by Leaf continues to grow in musical stature and maturity. They have accomplished to take their musical and lyrical skills to yet another level.