'(Listen for) The Rag and Bone Man' the new album from cult English band 'And Also The Trees' takes us on a dreamlike journey through dark landscapes populated by stray nursery rhyme characters, mysterious women who peer into the psyche and pools of light that appear like reflections of their pastoral upbringing... touched by the likes of Scott Walker, Tom Waits, Calexico and Arthur Lee's 'Love'.
It was recorded on the estate of an 11th century manor house in rural Herefordshire and finished in a Victorian chapel in the East End of London – settings that exemplify the vividly spectral quality of this album.
A policy of using 'real' instruments, including a double bass, zither and piano has resulted in a rich, organic sound, coloured further by a guitar that brings to mind the trademark sound of their formative years.
In fact since the early 80's this seminal band, described by John Peel as "too English for the English" and still often cited by Robert Smith as his favourite band, have been constantly active - releasing ten studio albums, numerous live and compilation albums and forging a reputation as a fiercely independent group of musicians for whom artistic integrity has always held court over commercial gain.
Residing between Worcestershire, Geneva and East London, And Also The Trees continue to maintain their fiercely independent status; truly a hidden treasure. '(Listen for) The Rag and Bone Man' will enhance that reputation and guarantee their continued appeal as a global "underground" phenomenon.