It’s been just under a month since Black Twig‘s Paper Trees album was released to much universal acclaim. Here’s a round up of what’s been said.
The first taste of Paper Trees was Lake Song which we shared with the world last October 2011.
The Finnish and International blog community and music press in general really dug Lake Song, here’s a selection of links : Ääniä, Thunderstorm, Singin’ Drunken Lullabies, Stop, Shake, Honey, Go, Rumba, Lily, It’s A Trap, Austin Town Hall, Off the Radar, Faronheit, Tympanogram, Uncool Shoes, Chromewaves Radio, An Inch Of Nothing For Your Soul, Delay Trees, My Modernism, Go Ahead Back Up, Against The Odds, Nordic By Nature, Polaroid, Amazing Radio
Meanwhile Black Twig played at the first An Evening With Soliti held at Doris in Tampere during Lost in Music. They also played in someone’s front room at the Pop In. Just to wet the appetite even more for Paper Trees we decided to unleash another track from the album, the lovely noise pop of Death Scene :
Finnish Rock magazine Rumba and Finnish national radio YleX had already picked out Black Twig as a band to watch in 2012 when the November release of single Death Scene created more buzz : Stop, Shake, Honey, Go, Rumba, Sounds Good To Me, Alice & June, Thunderstorm, Paska Sohva, It’s A Trap, Glue, Faronheit, Singin’ Drunken Lullabies, Ääniä, The Record Stack, Lily, YleX, One Chord, Au naturel, Austin Town Hall, Just Name It Laika, Musicbang, Sounds Of Bohemia, Icerfish
Black Twig featured prominently at the second An Evening With Soliti, set in Helsinki’s Korjaamo in late November. Not only with the fire alarm clearing the venue during the bands first song (!) but wooing a sold out (and a little cold) audience on their return to the stage. Meanwhile media attention at the end of 2011 turned to the release of Paper Trees in the new year, with much expectation for the debut album. Buzz for Black Twig continued to grow from unexpected and usual sources, such as Finnish Airline Blue 1′s in flight magazine, Blog No You Girls Never Know, an interview on NRGM, a pick for 2012 in Helsinki University Magazine Ylioppilaslehti, Stop, Shake Honey Go and Elle Magazine Finland.
First single Lake Song started to also appear on best songs of 2011 lists : Blasts From the Past, Rumba, Lily, Echoes, Ääniä, Singin’ Drunken Lullabies, Chromewaves Radio, Stop, Shake, Honey, Go, Alice & June, NRGM The beginning of 2012 saw Black Twig play a very packed record release show at Säpinää Club in Helsinki and be interviewed on YleX.
Reviews for Black Twig‘s Paper Trees have been amazingly positive, with the album being sited as one of the essential releases of 2012. Here’s a selection of reviews for the album : NYT, Ääniä, Austin Town Hall, NRGM, Rumba, The Arts Desk, We Are Helsinki, Sue Magazine, HBL, Kauppalehti, Nordische Music, Echoes, Soundi, Desibeli, Vertigo, Singin’ Drunken Lullabies, Stupido Shop, One Chord, All Ears, KSML, Rockindiependica, Slow Show, Examiner, Hadrian Est Ou?, Ylioppilaslehti, Image, Free Verse Press, Issues, Thunderstorm, Peltirumpu
At the beginning of February, Black Twig and The New Tigers played at Tavastia, Helsinki, a show which received a fair slice of coverage: Lily, Music To Meow To, Helsinki Rock Stream, HS.fi & some great photos from Alice & June blog
Black Twig can be caught live at a venue near you on the following dates:
17.02. Torvi, Lahti.
02.03. 270 Minutes Festival @ Bar Kuka, Turku
10.03. Monttu Music Club, Pori
23.03. Suisto, Hämeenlinna (+ Delay Trees)
You can buy Paper Trees from the following outlets:
and digitally from iTunes
A new Black Twig single drops digitally next month.