Treetop Flyers are essentially a Crosby, Stills & Nash for the 21st century. Named after a Stephen Stills song of the same name (a track about American cargo plane pilots during the Vietnam conflict), the band has even mimicked the journey of Graham Nash — hopping the pond from England to record outside Los Angeles. Their sound follows in the same SoCal dust-ridden footsteps that CSN so famously set in the late 1960s, full, tight, pretty harmonies over layers of acoustic guitars.
The Mountain Moves doesn’t stray from any of Treetop Flyers’ influences or contemporaries (the band met as members of the same English scene that produced groups like Mumford & Sons, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling and Florence Welch) and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Big choruses and sticky melodies mark the entire record, starting with opener “Things Will Change” and lead single “Houses Are Burning.”
The band’s simplicity and sincerity also shines in its ballads, most notably in the Simon and Garfunkel-esque closer “Is It Worth It.” Following in a well-trodden path of British-Americana records, The Mountain Moves doesn’t shatter any molds; rather, Treetop Flyers’ debut fills an evergreen niche as the next big thing for Millennials still rifling through their parents’ vinyl collections.