The Two Treefort Acts I'm Most Excited About

Treefort season is among us. With the second wave of acts being released on January 14th, 2015, I thought it appropriate to discuss a few acts that are coming to Treefort this year in detail. Disclaimer: I have not listened to all of the bands released so far, although I wish I had time to scour YouTube and the Internet and listen to each and every one. For this article, I will focus on two incoming acts that I am most excited about. As in, I heard their music, I cried literal tears, and then when they released a pre-order for their album on vinyl, I instantly went to their bandcamp page and pre-ordered it.

Taryn Miller of the act, Your Friend, began writing songs for her up-coming album, Gumption, in her studio apartment in Lawrence, Kansas after touring in 2014 for her debut EP, Jekyll/Hyde. In case any of you are interested, Gumption was produced by the same producer responsible for The War on Drugs and Deerhunter, Nicolas Vernhes. After listening to her EP, Jekyll/Hyde, which is highly introspective, it seems that her upcoming album will be much the same. According to Miller, “I was sitting with myself so much, I got to know myself in ways I liked and ways I didn’t like.” When recording Gumption, she wanted to get out of her music-creating routine. “I was trying to remove myself from an approach I had followed before, but to be able to bring in that melodic element that is most inherent to me, and marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape,” she stated. Listening to Miller of Your Friend is a thoughtful experience. Not to sound cheesy, but her music really is like a good friend when you need it most in that it can be there to relax you and ease your worries after a long day, or it can allow you to reach that sad melancholy state you are in and cry it out simply because of how beautiful the sounds that are hitting your eardrums are. Taryn Miller will be at Treefort in Boise March 23rd- March 27th, and Gumption comes out January 29th, 2016.

Listen to "Come Back From It" by Your Friend:

When listening to, “It Hurts Until it Doesn’t,” by Mothers for the first time, I cried and listened to it 27 more times. Being moved to tears by music is a rare experience for me. Maybe I listen to so much music all the time that I am desensitized to it, but nonetheless, the raw and emotive crooning of Kristine Leschper of Mothers made tears fall and honestly, I’d have it no other way. Her music is nothing but beautiful. It’s aweing. It’s raw. It’s everything that you need in music and feel inside, but don’t feel comfortable saying and expressing yourself. And I’m not exaggerating. Go listen for yourself. Mothers has also recently released a single, “Copper Mines,” for their upcoming album, When You Walk a Long Distance You are Tired, which comes out on vinyl in two varieties on February 26th, 2016—limited edition coke clear vinyl (pre-orders only) and clear green vinyl in-stores. Kristine will be at Treefort March 23rd-March 27th in Boise, so be sure to go check out her set!

Listen to Mothers' latest single, "Copper Mines" in this live video: