Tuscon-duo Trees Speak have taken up on themselves to modernize the sound of German legends such as Neu!, Can and Cluster, incorporating neo-psychedelic and minimalism into their kraut rock and electronic soundscape.
The duo consists of Daniel Martin Diaz and his son Damian Diaz, alongside guest appearances by musicians from local bands like Giant Sand and XIXA. They released their first self-titled album back in December of 2017, with their second LP released in the beginning of Mars. The name of the band comes from the futuristic idea of storing information and data in trees and plants, using them as hard drives. For those familiar with the English Music magazine The Wire, have probably noticed the record label Soul Jazz Records on the back cover. The label was so intruiged by the band’s sound, they signed them up for the release of Ohms.
On their Facebook page, Trees Speak write that if you listen close enough, I guess through highly sensitive electronic devices, you’ll hear the sound of cellular life and transmission, and the solar wind, while if you paying attention, you’ll notice sound of the ocean, of computers, and of course the trees. It further says they’re “borrowing Can and Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew-era practice of studio-as-composition-tool, where lengthy improvisations coalesce into indelible flights of fancy with razor blade-assisted tape edits.”
One would think that Daniel Martin Diaz, who is not only a musician, but a seasoned artist, was behind the cover art on Ohms, but he left that task to illustrator and artist Alex Kuno. The art is not far off from some of Daniel’s own pictures, mixing nature with humans.
Ohms was released Mars 6.