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Into The Ocean

by Tree House

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Nonsense 03:46
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
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
Cannonball 03:46
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
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
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


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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