Review: Treasure Field
Butterflies and Galaxies

Sep 13 2011

Treasure Field is a name to keep a look out for because you will be hearing more of these guys over the next few months I'm sure. The band are fronted by the compelling Swedish voice of Annika Scutt with Calvin Hollingworth on guitar, Phil Merriman on Keys, Matt Weeks on bass and Ed Carlile on drums.

This album Butterflies and Galaxies, the debut from the band, very much falls in the contemporary pop/rock bracket. The sound of this albums can be compared to bands like Phatfish, Lou Fellingham and Rebecca St James. The band mix up songs that are full power pop/rock to atmospheric moments. 

The album opens with rock song Stars, this powerful track is the perfect way to start the album, setting off with intent, singing "A Million stars light up the night, and all the colors of the world are ours to see and touch and hear Your voice". A song exclaiming how amazing and big and expansive our God is. The album takes a slower rock sound with Here I Am Again and 139. The latter track starts slow, but explodes in the second half so be ready for this the big impacting song.

Full Circle is a slow intimate song, with a chorus "Full circle, You bring me back to You full circle, don't want to run from you... full circle". This is a nice mellow song about coming back to God. The album takes a slightly darker and punchier sound with Blue Mascara, the real standout parts in the track are the simple and hidden keys effects, that can be said about the whole of the album. The keys by Phil Merriman are clever and effective all the way through, at times haunting and atmospheric and at other times clever with little modern beeps adding texture to the songs.

While we are talking about musicianship, all of the playing on this album is of top caliber. It's nice to be able to hear a bass on an album that isn't over powering but you can still hear it in the mix (Only Love Remains). I can't compliment Annika's voice more highly than saying it's well worth hearing if you get the opportunity. The drums and guitars are solid at driving the songs along, like on Here I Am Again and Into You. The album moves onto another mellow track in So Far Away From Your Heart which is just Annika's voice and an acoustic guitar. With this they have managed to make a haunting track that gets your attention from the moment it starts.



As much as I enjoy my indie rock underground sounds, this album really surprised me. This album has quality songs and no matter what style of music you like this album by the wonderful Treasure Field has quality music in abundance. Even if soft pop/rock music isn't your genre of choice, with a voice like Annika's leading the band, it's defiantly worth finding out a bit more about Treasure Field.

Review by Jono Davies

LTTM Rating 4 out of 5 Stars
Standout Tracks
139
Here I Am Again
Stars

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