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Trees - 1982 Sleep Convention

ALBUM: Sleep Convention
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Dane Conover - vocals, yamaha 40-M, ARP odyssey, Apple II, ARP 2600, treated piano, guitars, bass, marimba, melodica, autoharp, chinese cymbal, chimes, radio, sliding glass door * Martin E. Etheridge - percussion, vocals * Missy Zizzo - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Come Back * 02 Shock Of The New * 03 Delta Sleep * 04 No Stranger * 05 Midnight In America * 06 11:00am * 07 Wildwood * 08 India * 09 Gotta Moon * 10 Red Car

From the golden age of new wave here's a record that received precious little attention at the time although in recent years has become highly regarded as one of the finest albums of the era. A one man band if you will, Trees was musician extraordinaire Dane Conover with the help of a couple friends. Conover was previously in a California band signed with Stiff America called Puppies releasing a couple of singles (none of which I have heard) and in the years since has written songs for a variety of artists as well as forming Popgems with his wife and creating some really nice pop, much in keeping with the spirit of 'Sleep Convention'.

The Songs
This really is a charming little record and a must own for quirky synth pop fans. At times I am reminded of that other pop egghead Thomas Dolby, but Conover's voice is a little more palatable and the music is never over the top despite his use of just about every instrument available at the time sans a kitchen sink! There's plenty of excellent material here in particular the single 'Delta Sleep' with a hook that slowly gigs into to your mind and refuses to leave. The video for this song although extremely dated is worth checking out on Youtube. I like the Asian influence on 'No Stranger' and while 'Midnight in America' pre-dates the Pet Shop Boys by three or four years it sure has the same feel. 'Wildwood' and the delicious 'India' both combine synth pop with ethnic sensibilities to great effect with the delightful 'Red Car' rounding out the LP with plenty of drama ala Ultravox.

In Summary
How MCA dropped the ball yet again on an album that should have been huge will forever be a mystery as well as a big question mark behind why 'Sleep Convention' has never been reissued on CD. Fortunately there are plenty of bloggers and web sites out there picking up on this album with downloading options. Give it a shot!

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#1 | jefflynnefan on June 24 2008 02:47:26
Jim Green gave this album a thumbs-up in his Green Circles column back then. I had this but I don't think I do anymore.
#2 | gdazegod on June 24 2008 04:02:54
It's a cool cover!
#3 | gdazegod on July 13 2015 23:12:59
Trees - 1982 Delta Sleep
#4 | gdazegod on July 13 2015 23:13:35
Trees - 1982 Red Car
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