Into The Ocean

by Tree House

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Tree House is the project of London-based Will Fortna. Due to the thin walls, uptight roommates, and lack of equipment in his Brooklyn apartment in 2015, Tree House began as a decidedly minimalist project. Tree House’s name is a nod to both Arthur Russell, an early and enduring influence, and the aforementioned windowless loft space where Fortna taught himself how to sample drums and play the keyboard, composing using headphones, keyboards and hushed vocals. Over time, Fortna has developed a less constrained approach, reflecting the eclecticism of his musical interests, from Pharoah Sanders to Chairlift; Mulatu Astatke to David Byrne.

Into the Ocean, a debut six-track EP, non-chronologically catalogues Tree House’s evolution, and 'Water Fountain' is perhaps the culmination of Tree House's development to date, featuring members of the live band for the first time on record. Its spacey, groovy verses give way to breezy ambient passages, only to return to foot-tapping danceability. Fortna's voice is clear and sweet, rhythmically inviting us to "take a deeper step into the tide", before floating somewhere "away from time and space".

The rest of the EP traces Fortna’s wide musical interests, from the warm afrobeat guitars of ‘Warm Blue Feeling’, to the interwoven string arrangements of the title track, written in the midst of an infatuation with 1970s New York minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. ‘Classical Symphony’, the first song written under the name Tree House, evidences the project’s early approach, where rhythm, harmony and instrumentation are stripped to their bare essentials, allowing Fortna’s voice to softly glide over the top.


released September 19, 2017

Nonsense and Water Fountain recorded with Izaak Binet.

Water Fountain - bass guitar by Alfie Long, Casiotone by Izaak Binet, drums by Joel Burton, and electric guitar by Tom Wells.

Warm Blue Feeling - guitar solo by Joel Burton.

Everything else by Will Fortna.

Mixed and mastered by Will Fortna with help from Josh Cohen.

Artwork by Aidan Lysaght.


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Track Name: Nonsense
Mornings, you’re teaching me your nonsense poems writ on the wall
Always, forever painting market stripes where none should be
We call it real, parameters we rarely see
And through the distance, we select our history

And there’s times we get caught up in top-down law
And there’s times reality seems so far off

Mornings, you’re teaching me you nonsense poems, writ through the air
We speak, using words bought and sold, and pre-received
We slip through side streets
Navigating closing walls
And speak in phrases known to only righteous few, down one way streets

And there’s light far above the limber pines
And there’s night entangling my sweet designs
Track Name: Water Fountain
And if its so easy, turn it backwards
Away from time and space
We flip it as the world turns
And I flip it all the time, in mind
Often as the oars of evening
Take a deeper step into the tide
Happiness the fire relieving

Away from time and space
Floating in a new disguise
Away from night and day
I take it in a new disguise
And I’m moving all the time
And I’m moving under water flowing
And I’m moving in my mind, it takes some time
And I take it in a water fountain
Track Name: Cannonball
My life here, drifting away
Her time is out of space
I’m going down to the ocean where I can’t stay
Passing time in the river of you
Leaving away

Words marked with indeces
Punctuated by the tongue’s unease
Hey man – that’s not all
Over the ocean hangs a cannonball

Arrivals, going on down
Urizel, sing to me now

When we go too far
A life is collected and giving aw way
Her time is collected and out of space

Arrivals, going on down
Urizel, sing to me now
Track Name: Warm Blue Feeling
Whistle blowing, I take you down
To finger money without a crown
Disco music is in my ears
Its such a sweet sound that I hear

I go, I go. I hear the sound
Of crickets dancing all around
And its so fine to walk below
The warm blue feeling of letting go

Well everybody’s wants the feeling that you keep so fine
Everything keeps repeating when you know the signs
Standing up by the window I see you from the street below
Track Name: Into The Ocean
We floated down the delta
We floated down the stream
Now we are the in the ocean
Lost in an open sea

Backsliding into nothing
Backsliding out we roll
Our time is not for keeping
Our time is not our own

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