Feature: Mini Trees debut album “Always in Motion” is a triumphant and dreamy judgment
Mini Trees’ debut album, “Always in Motion,” is a beautifully intimate narrative: a warm, wonderful and dazzling indie pop soundtrack for personal growth, connection, and deeper understanding.
Flux: “Always on the move” – Mini-trees
I just want to feel a little rush before it comes undone. If I was honest with myself this is what I would choose, but I lost my sense of wonder in my youth …
A Radiant upheaval through and through, Mini Trees’ debut album is a testament to the fact that we can explore the depths of life without remaining in darkness. Born in the throes of life and pondering many of life’s greatest questions, Always moving is a beautifully intimate calculation: a warm, wonderful and dazzling indie pop soundtrack for personal growth, connection and understanding.
Underwater, washed away from the shore
Float on my feet, whipping back and forth
I felt it sting, washed against me
The tide is turning fast, going back a mile
I lose the fight
Will a wave sink me to the bottom, dazed and unstable
When I end up giving in, lost and worked
Never learned to stay tied in place
Because I don’t know how to take it
Far from feeling anything
Afraid of exposing myself to being someone else
– “Submarine, Mini-trees
Released September 17, 2021 via Run for Cover Records, Always moving is a captivating and dreamlike experience from start to finish – not to mention an outstanding debut album by one of Los Angeles’ brightest musical sparkles of light. After showcasing her art with music loaded with harmony and reverberation in 2018, Lexi Vega (aka Mini Trees) released her debut EP Stabilize myself in mid-2019. Produced by Jon Joseph, the five-track indie pop ensemble is an ethereal indulgence and a lovely introduction to Vega’s creative spirit. She released her second EP Slip away just over a year later, using a larger sound to capture what she described as “a series of vulnerable faiths and cathartic achievements.” With the record at the time, Atwood Magazine hailed it as a “sunny intimate, ambient and hypnotic song set”.
The same can be said of Always movingThe ten songs of, which expertly convey a wealth of raw emotions and vulnerable feelings through sparkling, effervescent melodies and superb vocal performances by Vega. Mini Trees invites us to immerse ourselves in the wonder of a sound daydream as it explores some of the issues that too often keep us from sleeping late at night: Why are we here? Who are we; who are we supposed to be? Who do we want to be? Where are we going and how are we going to get there? Since this is Vega’s first full offering, one could interpret these topics as contributing to some sort of ‘coming-of-age’ narrative for young adults, but the truth is that Always movingThe themes of are still relevant today: we never really stop asking these questions, whether we are teenagers, twenties, fifties, or nineties.
Cold under my bare feet
I stood over the sink, thinking out loud
And I wished you were here with me
Never knowing that you are all I needed right now
So tell me when you fall asleep are you always next to me?
I know you told me so I couldn’t lose you
When the colors slowly turn to spring, my thoughts resonate
Another moment passing, well can we slow it down
Before discovering me …
I hate to entertain the voice that lingers in my brain
it has never been the same
Complainable, but I’ll love you until last spring
And let it wash away with the rain
Until it’s all drowned
– “Spring, Mini-trees
“I started writing these songs with the intention of a third EP, but when it all came to a halt and all touring plans were scrapped, I thought it made sense to shift my attention. on writing an album instead, ”said Lexi Vega. Atwood Magazine. “Sometimes it was difficult to tap into a creative mindset, but it also helped to have an outlet to deal with all the anxiety and fear brought on by the pandemic. I felt a lot freer to try and write in new directions, sonically, because an album gives you more space to do it, whereas in previous versions I think I felt a little more limited to a particular sound or style. Lyrically, there are similar themes that were picked up from previous releases, but I’d like to think the album shows a bit of maturity. I don’t think I had a clear vision until I sat down to start writing the album, so Jon (Joseph, my producer) and I kind of rolled around with the punches as we went along. It helps that the entire album was written in a shorter amount of time; I think it organically tied everything together.
“I think Always moving is a good introduction to Mini Trees because it feels like a natural follow-up to my previous releases, but it also explores newer sounds that weren’t present on EPs before, ”she adds. “Since there are twists and turns on the album, I think it better captures the many styles of music that influence my writing. The lyrics are always so personal, so anyone who hears this record should have an idea of what kind of song it is. vulnerability that I like to explore through my writing.
Addressing the title, she explains: “Always moving is a text from the song “Underwater” (track 3) which I think captures the message of the album very well. Throughout the record, I reflect on the fact that life keeps moving on, for better or for worse. “
Considering the fact that this album was wholly concocted during a global pandemic, perhaps it’s no surprise that it shamelessly faces some of our biggest questions in life. What is so striking, however, is Mini Trees’ ability to accomplish this task with such light. His songs are bouncy and passionate worlds – full of swirling guitars, catchy drums, synths and strings, soaring harmonies and deep grooves. There’s the thick bass that vibrates throughout “Cracks in the Pavement” and the cinematic sense of wonder that permeates the opening track “Moments in Better” and the gently moving single, “Spring”.
“I can’t really pick a favorite song because they’re each special for their own reasons,” Vega said of the album. “I will say though, the final chorus of ‘Carrying On’, where I belted ‘was that all a wash?’ Was a fun time in the studio. Originally, I didn’t write the melody to be belted on. that way, but my producer Jon pushed me to do it and I didn’t realize I could until I tried. Now I feel like this moment totally makes the song.
Soaked in sunshine and roaring with feelings, “Carrying On” is one of the album’s fiercest hymns – with a dynamic rock beat pushing a sweet sweet melody forward and up to a massive chorus. and intoxicating full of cathartic release:
Oh how many times I play the same old dialogue in my head
I’m trying to convince myself that we’ll see it through
But it won’t come easy
Is it over like that? Was it all a wash?
“Don’t focus on the past”
Are we just wrong?
It’s a momentary mistake, one day when we look back
But it haunts me that I can’t go on
Vega also cites his pride in the lyrics to “Otherwise,” “because of the way they oscillate between narrative, describing when I was taking care of my friend who had just lost a loved one, and inner monologue questions about my life. own loss and the grief I still struggle with today. An intimate and deeply moving six-minute reconciliation, this song proves to be a fitting ending to the entire album, ultimately leaving listeners in the company of our own. thoughts as Mini Trees sparkle, glow, then turn black.
Find yourself along the edge of the sidewalk, I’ll stay awhile
Grope around to get the words out when I try to make you smile
If the truth is that nothing makes sense, it’s cruel otherwise
A drunk stunner on the sidewalk, trying anything to cover the calm
Driving late on the highway, I didn’t feel good leaving you there
But I can check in once a week and give nothing to make it fair
If it’s true that nothing matters, you wonder what the point was?
But some things just don’t have their answers
So I don’t ask these kinds of questions anymore
Is it true that we make sense?
I’ll spend my life chasing it
One reason for our non-existence,
but there is no certainty until we reach the end
An immersive and dreamy indie pop experience, Mini Trees’ album is an undeniable triumph.
For those who do not yet know the art of Lexi Vega, they will certainly leave with deep respect for her work. For longtime Mini Trees fans, Always moving serves as an impressive expansion – a transformation of the band’s sound, and the ultimate realization – to date – of Vega’s full potential.
“I would like to think that there are a lot of things listeners can relate to and connect with on this album,” Vega shares. “Things inherent in the human experience like anxiety, grief, etc. For me, I think writing this record has helped me feel a little more at peace with the strangers in life. “
After listening to this album, strangers aren’t so scary anymore. At least we know we’re not alone, and whether we like it or not, life is Always moving.
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