London based collective A House In The Trees released their debut EP To Adore in May via Friendly Dinner Records. Third Outing caught up with them to find out what next...
A House In The Trees is a collaboration amongst friends and artists who create music together using visual touch. Here's the thing. The collective want to stay elusive. To get the interview with one of the band members Sam, we followed a spiders web of emails and management. Basically, we interviewed A House In Trees but we've also never really been in touch with any of the members. It's a strange one, huh? But that's not important. The important thing is this: the music is exciting. I mean, if you decide to stay elusive and secret, the music has to be good. For A House In The Trees, the music merges different sounds and musical influences together and it works well. All three songs on the EP have their own sound and identity. To Adore, for instance, is a stunning track with a dark sound and low, gruff vocals. Listen to the EP here and read our interview with Sam from the rather secretive AHOTT collective below:
3rd: Hello Sam, we know so little! Please tell us more about the collective?
Sam: The collective is ever expanding. We started about 3 months ago. Our intentions were to get a large group of like minded people to be able to create and develop work together.
3rd: Could you describe A House In The Trees' sound in one sentence?
Sam: Keep it kid, it's mundane anyway.
3rd: Let's talk about 'To Adore' EP? What should we expect? Will the EP come with video or pictures as well?
Sam: The EP has videos for all three songs as the whole project is audiovisual. The songs are a pinpoint of a specific time with a specific journey.
3rd: Audio/Visual isn't very common these days. I remember French artist Woodkid for instance. Where do you seek your influences?
Sam: We look towards many different influences, not only musical. Notable mentions are Marshmellow Laser Feast and UVA. On the musical side, the trip-hop collectives of the 90s, involving Massive Attack and Portishead.
3rd: If you could re-write the soundtrack of any film which would it be and why?
Sam: Its gonna have to be along the lines of bladerunner. This is simply because a handful of members have not been able to finish the movie without falling asleep. We aren't saying its a boring or bad film, we just fall asleep. As well as that, its visually amazing.
3rd: Do you have a story which defines the spirit of the collective?
Sam: It would have to be one of circumstance. There are many strange links between members of the collective. The first sign came from a trip to south west wales where a literal house in some trees was seen and the name created. It was this joint idea of collaboration amongst friends and artists who work well together. After a while it all just came together.
3rd: You are based in London, how has the music scene there influenced your way of making music?
Sam: We live in an area surrounded by musicians and by art. All that creativity and inspiration comes in both consciously and subconsciously.
3rd: Finally, a Third Outing classic, what's your desert island drink?
Sam: It varies amongst members. Possible favourites include: Cream, G&T, Mamajuana, Palwin, etc.
A House In The Trees To Adore EP 7/10