Dylan Trees – The Charlie Horse EP

Dylan Trees
The Charlie Horse EP

A British musician based in Venice, California creates just the type of music one might imagine – a sweet amalgam of British psych-folk drenched in sunny California dreamin’. Singer-songwriter Jeremy Simon emigrated to the Los Angeles area from his native England in 2006 in the hope of cross-pollinating his already well-honed folk chops with a bit of Americana. After rustling up a merry band of studio musicians to play with, the graceful The Charlie Horse EP was recorded last year.

On first listen, The Charlie Horse EP is warm and and sweet, but not altogether overwhelming. The California influence on Simon’s songwriting seems obvious, but the overall sound is distinctly British. Maybe it’s his voice or lyric style, but the sun and surf of Simon’s adopted Venice, CA hasn’t diminished his roots. While the first two tracks, “Henry Collapse” and “Ruby” are quite lovely, it is not until “Long Nights Journey” that it begins to sink in that you haven’t heard anything quite like this before. The last song on the EP is the title track, and it is any easy favorite for its lush, vibrant swirl of British and American folk.

The songs here are deeply rooted in a few blatantly obvious styles, but Dylan Trees is clearly poised on the edge of something exciting. You may not fully appreciate the four-track The Charlie Horse EP immediately, but this one will grow on you rather easily. Jeremy Simon gathered together a different set of musicians after recording this disc, in order to flesh-out a more permanent line-up. If they work with his songs anywhere near as well as the session players on this EP did than Dylan Trees could just blossom into something truly great.