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Treeball

I Dream of Eclectic Sheep

(Kinkt; US: Available as import; UK: 20 Nov 2006)

Sweet Dreams

There are some things that are hard to hate in life, and an absolutely free album is one of them.  Taking a cue from Harvey Danger’s free release of Little By Little last year, Treeball want you to hear their music so bad that they’re just giving it to you (treeball.com is where it’s at).  Yet, is the offer too good to be true?  Thankfully, it’s not.  It’s a joyous little romp into the world of indie-pop, and it has all the trademarks of a good debut (although this is their fourth full-length): it has some remarkably fun numbers (“Favorite Enemy” and “Could You Love Me Now?” come immediately to mind), a rollickingly good song (Michael McDonald’s “Soul to Heaven”) and a couple tracks that are best left forgotten (opener “Denial of the Fittest” and especially the wretched “Chess”).  I Dream of Eclectic Sheep (with songwriting credits shared between members Nick Triani, Janne Lehtinen, and Astrid Swan) closes with the appropriately eclectic ballad “What a Wise Guy”, and in the time it would take to watch a typical sitcom, you get something that may not change your life, but just might leave a smile on your face.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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