ARC092: Eleven Pond - Watching Trees

Watching Trees

Artist: Eleven Pond

Release Date: 23rd April 2012

Release Type: EP

Formats: 12'' Vinyl, Digital

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1. Watching Trees
2. Portugal
3. Watching Trees (Bedroom Mix)

Eleven Pond’s ‘Watching Trees’ provided one of the poppiest moments on Angular's 2010 compilation ‘Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics’, bringing them to the fore of the renewed interest in 'Coldwave' after 25 five years in the wilderness. The band formed in Rochester, CA in 1986, and self released their only LP 'Bas Relief' the following year. Two and a half decades later Watching Trees has taken on a life of it's own, having been wholeheartedly embraced by a new generation of synth-pop kids and sounding fresher on the dancefloor than most electronic body music today.

In the words of bass player Jeff Gallea :

"Watching Trees was originally an instrumental song I wrote that had a dark and raining electro feel. James came up with lyrics on the fly while I recorded it to a 4-track cassette player. The song is about voyeurism, being lonely because you know too much and feeling lost in the industrial world. We re-recorded it to 8-track in an abandoned swimming pool/recording studio called The Hamster Cage. It was a solid dance song then. It still is.

The track recalls other mid-80’s synthy post punk such as Fad Gadget, Echo and The Bunnymen and the pop nous of Vince Clarke era Depeche Mode.

After the 2009 re-issue of their 1986 LP ‘Bas Relief’, Angular is proud to present 'Watching Trees' on 12" vinyl, spinning at 45rpm for the first time ever and backed with LP highlight Portugal and a previously unreleased early demo version of the A-side. The 'bedroom mix' of Watching Trees is a more lo-fi spookier cousin of the original.

Jeff : "We didn’t cheat. We worked hard to create all those sounds. No loops. Nothing digital. People can hear that analog purity. And song writing was influenced by a great post punk scene. That’s why it’s relevant today."