Quiet Dreams, the debut LP from Winnipeg rock outfit Hearing Trees, finds some creative seeds sown years ago coming to full fruition.
The group’s lush, layered brand of ambient and anxious rock is built atop a foundation inspired by R.E.M., Matthew Good, and The Tragically Hip and tinged with the more modern and atmospheric musings of Wintersleep and The National. Coupled with sometimes cryptic, always captivating poetry, Hearing Trees offers a masterclass in sweet-sounding catharsis.
The band existed before frontman Graham Hnatiuk had ever picked up a guitar or penned a single lyric. Even as just an apparition in his mind’s eye, that vision essentially saved his sanity, maybe even his life when first conceived in 2009.
As only a concept, it inspired and healed its creator, and now, as a fully realized creative force, it’s poised to do the same for anyone else drawn into its world.