Amber | Live At Maida Vale
New Single Released 23.09.16 | Staylittle Music SLM011CD/DL
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Formed in the Summer of 2011, South Wales four-piece CLIMBING TREES soon came to the attention of BBC Introducing with the distinctive Cymrucana sound of their critically-acclaimed 2013 debut album Hebron. Recorded in isolation in the woods of Carmarthenshire, the band achieved playlisting across BBC Radio Wales before being announced as one of twelve artists to take part in the inaugural year of the BBC and Arts Council of Wales' Horizons project in the Spring of 2014.
The following months saw appearances at the likes of Green Man Festival, Festival No.6 and The Hay Festival during a twenty-date Summer Festival Tour which also included a triumphant performance at the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations in Laugharne Castle. A live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios followed, with a television appearance alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales rounding off what proved to be a rather busy year for the band.
As well as soundtracking the BBC's Real Valleys season and featuring in American documentary Fade To Winter, 2015 saw work begin on the eagerly-awaited and much-anticipated follow-up to Hebron before a string of dates in support of lead single Graves, a track which also featured on the Reach Out: Welsh Rock For Refugees compilation alongside the likes of Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals.
Following the success of recent single Tracks, which gained airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, the band released the Welsh Music Prize-shortlisted Borders through Staylittle Music this summer to rave reviews, and with a run of high-profile shows into the Autumn in support of latest single Amber, 2016 is continuing to be another big year for Climbing Trees.
'A really special band'
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
‘A glistening musical experience’
‘Dynamic, magnificent and stunning’
From The Margins
‘If Steven Spielberg made music...’
New Sound Wales
'The sound of your soul soaring ... one of my new favourite bands'
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
'Incredible. Gospel country soul that soars with angels. Hallelujah!'
David Owens, Media Wales
'Marvellously expansive ... a wonderful spell they've cast over the entire nation'
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
‘Homespun anthems, custom-built for careening along the Welsh coast at the height of summer with the window wound down and the volume zapped up’
Wales Arts Review
‘The attention to detail makes every listen an adventure, with new highlights constantly emerging. They make instrumental rock at its finest’
'Soaring melodies and sweeping harmonies of Climbing Trees ... leave an afterglow of purified bliss'
'A band that can be heralded as both culturally significant and historically rooted ... makes Climbing Trees such an exciting band for our time'
Plugged In Magazine