For Immediate Release
Contact: Dylan Palazzo, 518-257-2601
ALBANY, N.Y. (8/9/2011) — “Sea of Trees” is an indie band known for their haunting melodies, sweeping dynamics and visceral live performances.
Their latest project, “Fletcher and The Hendersons,” expands on the band’s imaginative songwriting skills with an accompanying illustrated children’s book.
“I’m a songwriter, but writing a children’s picture book is something I always wanted to do,” said Dylan Palazzo, the band’s singer and principle songwriter. “I wanted to create a narrative that would contain elements of fantasy and whimsy, and then enhance that story through music.”
“Fletcher and The Hendersons” follows the early life of Florence, a girl who grows up without her father and is raised by a ghost named Fletcher, who lives in her family’s house. With encouragement and help from the ghost, she makes her way through helicopter school and discovers that her father may not actually be dead after a helicopter robbery and crash.
The book’s illustrations are by Pelham, N.Y.-based artist Nancy Palazzo, Dylan’s mother, who has worked as a freelance designer/artist in the world of infant and children’s bedding and clothing for more than 30 years. This is her first time illustrating a children’s book.
“The inspiration for the illustrations came directly from Dyl. He’s amazing to work with and he took all the time I needed to understand the multi-levels of his story,” Nancy Palazzo said. “The lyrics provided a clear description for my mind’s eye to grasp.”
This is not the first time mother and son have collaborated. Her first work with the band was in 2010 when she provided the cover art for their self-titled EP, “Sea of Trees.”
ALBUM IN 28 DAYS
The music for “Fletcher and The Hendersons” was written and recorded for the RPM Challenge 2011, an annual nationwide contest for musicians to cut an original record from scratch solely during the month of February.
“Recording this album in a month was a whirlwind, but I think the time constraint gave it a spontaneous, youthful feel,” Dylan Palazo said. “If we had spent more time, I think we might have dampened some of that spark we were able to capture.”
The powerful chords of an old Lowrey organ feature prominently on the album, at one point even evoking the sounds of a helicopter taking off in the first song. The instrument, which was once commonly found in many homes, is featured in the famous youth anthem, “Baba O’Reily” by The Who. Other instruments on the album include acoustic guitar, pedal bass and lap steel guitar.
Though “Sea of Trees” is a five-person band, the album is the product of three members: Dylan Palazo (vocals, acoustic guitar), Mitch Masteron (organ, pedal bass, percussion) and Ian White (percussion, mandolin, lap steel guitar).
The book and CD will be available exclusively at Design It Together in Troy for the week of August 22-26. The band will be staging a free acoustic performance in the store, located at 286 River St, during Troy Night Out this Aug. 26, starting at 8:30 p.m.
The book and CD will also be available at RestFest, Aug. 27 and 28 at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany. It will also be available for purchase online through the band’s website and in several locations throughout the Capital Region, including Last Vestige, the Beat Shop, Market Block Books, and the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza.
ABOUT SEA OF TREES
Sea of Trees is a five-person band that weaves male/female vocals and spacious indie rock arrangements into a sound that has been described as imaginative, moody, dynamic and beautiful.
The band has performed across the Capital District and in New York City, often utilizing other art forms like dance, costumes, crafts and theatrics in concert with their live performances to enhance the sprawling, dynamic nature of their work. Their debut full-length album, “Animal Sounds,” earned them “The Best New Band of 2009” in Albany’s alternative weekly Metroland.
For more information visit www.seaoftrees.com
PUBLICITY IMAGES FOR MEDIA ONLY
High resolution images and music from “Fletcher and The Hendersons” are available for reproduction at: http://seaoftrees.com/album/fletcher-and-the-hendersons
Contact: Dylan Palazzo at 518-257-2601