The Lennon Tree is a solo artist, singer and songwriter from Newcastle. Slow, acoustic ballads and soulful singing combine to create a new contender in the pop scene.

11:11 is a combination of three songs by the artist. Starting out with “Wolves”, using mainly guitar and vocals, evoking a very Bob Dylan inspired sound. Fairly simplistic chords allow for a lot of space in the lead vocal line. The laidback and seductive nature of the vocal delivery is a point that a lot of acoustic songs tend to get wrong. Quite the opposite can be said here. Especially in the sparse backing vocals, a lot of emotion is put behind them. One critique I have is the strange and disjunct parts of the song. Around two minutes in, the rhythm shifts, and to get back into the main rhythm feels strangely forced.

Secondly is a song named “Queen”, coming in at six minutes, it is a hefty listen to put on an EP. This song feels almost as if a three chord pattern is copied and pasted throughout most of it, losing a lot of the human feel that pianos can give. This quality makes it feel like a demo rather than a full release. A few instruments join the piano further into the track. Firstly is a string section which only seems to follow the chords, then introducing quite a strange and out of place drum part.

Lastly is the repeated song, titled “How Can The World Stand Still?”. Returning to the tried and true guitar and vocals combo. Feeling an awful lot like a Noel Gallagher song, with a melancholic tone and very brit-pop styled chords.

I really enjoy the drum sound in this which is quite a simplistic one but very laidback and fits the atmosphere very well. I’m unsure as to the significance between having the same song twice in a row, but personally, I am not a fan of the gimmick. Even on a CD or vinyl, I’d be inclined to leave it after the first run through. The two sound identical apart from a sampled voice at the end of the first version.

Overall, this EP is a wild ride. It has some really fantastic elements, some good songwriting ideas and fairly well executed in some places. But in stark contrast to that, there is the very lazy effort gone into the simple stuff. Especially coming out in the track “Queen”, it could do with the human touch of little imperfections or extra chords or slightly better instrumentation. I’d be interested to hear future things from this artist and how they improve and flow, as for now they sound very much like a rushed, bedroom artist.

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