Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Abrasive Trees. I discovered this Band while shuffling songs on Spotify and I like them a lot.
This more than music is a sonic journey.
I was immediately fascinated by the twilight and hypnotic atmospheres proposed by this talented band.
The sounds are highly sought after and the voice with its low pitch and reverb creates mysterious and magical vibrations.
I closed my eyes and let myself be carried away by this music without asking myself too many questions.
I found myself flying in a parallel universe where everything was possible, I felt free and safe even if all landmarks were lost.
I fully opened my mind and in some moments I felt part of everything.
This music helps meditation and introduces you to hidden parts of your unconscious.
A beautiful discovery, an incredible journey that I recommend everyone to do.
Now You Are Not Here is Abrasive Trees’ Ep Out Now!
Magical and Introspective!
Abrasive Trees, the creative vehicle for Matthew Rochford’s solo work have been variously described as ‘stunning’ (BBC Introducing), ‘atmospheric’ (Post-Punk.com) and ‘perfectly evocative’ (Aural Aggravation). His musical creations display a willingness to experiment alongside a sound that sits comfortably within the post-punk aesthetic with influences from post-rock, folk and psychedelia. More accurately though they are the expressions of an emotional inner world that is at times intense, but ultimately hopeful. Rochford’s lyrics and music connect with themes of the spiritual, the fragility of our psyche, and attempts to convey what is ultimately inexpressible.
The project has to date received creative input from Jo-Beth Young (Talitha Rise/RISE), Mark Beazley (Rothko), Steven Hill (Evi Vine), Ben Roberts (Evi Vine), Jay Newton (Quiet Quiet Band), Peter Yates (Fields of The Nephilim), Ffion Atkinson (Johnny Powell And The Seasonal Beasts), Laurence Collyer (Diamond Family Archive), Jerome Hitchens (Kuki and The Bard), Nadia Abdelaziz (RISE) and Sebastian Rochford (Pulled By Magnets/Polar Bear/Patti Smith). Videos to accompany each release have been created by visual artist Jess Wooller.
Multi-instrumentalist Matthew has himself played on a variety of releases including those by Jo Beth Young (RISE/Talitha Rise) and Rothko. He’s recently worked with Elisabeth Elektra, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Ash Babb (Academy of Sun) and Evi Vine recording an album in the outer
Hebrides. Originally from Aberdeen but of Asian/English heritage, he mainly works from his home studio near Totnes in South Devon where he also runs his micro-label SHAPTA.