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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palm Pictures
  • ASIN: B0002ZYEG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Earlimart's second full-length for Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures, titled Treble & Tremble, is filled with the warm vocals & expansive, orchestral rock arrangements that earned the band's 2003 releases The Avenues E.P. & Everyone Down Here critical praise from journalists & peers alike. Crafted with piano-driven melodies & layered in a patchwork of acoustic & electric guitars, peppered distortion & angelic strings, the finished tracks are an impressive display of singer Aaron Espinoza's matured writing & production expertise. The record was produced by Espinoza & Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy) under the production moniker Central Valet, at the band's collective Ship Studios in Eagle Rock, CA.

About the Artist

Earlimart’s Treble & Tremble is a reaction to someone leaving the room without saying a word. It’s a lush, haunting affair informed by loss, but with a determined effort to let go and move on, tying clean knots from a tangle of loose ends. With numerous references to telephones, reports, conversation and music itself, Treble and Tremble is about communication and how we fail to communicate. Yet, amid the white noise, the record is also a celebration of the moments we break through.

Treble & Tremble is filled with the warm, breathy vocals and expansive arrangements that earned the band’s 2003 releases The Avenues E.P. and Everyone Down Here critical praise from journalists and peers alike. Crafted by piano-driven melodies, layered in a patchwork of guitars and strings, the finished tracks are the accomplished efforts of Espinoza’s expanding production expertise. The record’s greatest moments come in repeated listens, when the peppered distortion and crackling noise lifts to reveal striking parts inescapably missed.

Earlimart’s progression from an X- and Pixies-inspired experimental punk band to their current sound is the result of experience and process. Espinoza, raised in Fresno, CA near the tiny Central Valley town that inspired the band’s name, along with Los Angeles native and original member Ariana Murray (bass, keys), grew out of their influences and defined their own signature by years of touring and self-recording.

A one-sided conversation spoken in futility and giving up to hope, the album's first track, "Hold On Slow Down," keys punctuate swirling synths and crackling static until it falls away and re-emerges as the intrepid crescendo that opens "First Instant Last Report." "The Hidden Track" is the perfect Earlimart staple, a classic pop song that begins with layered acoustic guitar and warm vocals eventually building into an overture of keys and cellos and crashing cymbals.

Treble & Tremble was produced and recorded by Espinoza and Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy) at the band’s Ship studio, home to a collective of like-minded artists nestled in the foothills of Eagle Rock, CA. The Ship studio has also earned a reputation outside of its usual crew, hosting sessions by the Folk Implosion, the Breeders and Elliott Smith. Along with performances by Murray, contributions to the record came from Earlimart drummer David Latter, Scott McPherson (Elliott Smith) and Brian Thornell (Pine Marten).

Treble and Tremble’s soul is its second half. There’s a vintage Seventies riff that punctuates the quiet regret in witnessing the destruction of "Broke the Furniture," followed by the thunderous guitar-driven catharsis and unsettling mechanized vocals on "Unintentional Tape Manipulations." That storm yields to the beautifully fragile "Heaven Adores You," easily the most heartbreaking song the band has written to date. The suite "Tell the Truth Parts 1 & 2" is at times Lennon-esque: stark, spare and inquisitive with its bleeding heart stitched to a sleeve, a song that asks a few last, lingering questions and teeters close to resignation. Espinoza sings, "I know I’m out of reach/And all the songs are out of key," and returns, if only to remind himself, "Well I guess you just don’t know/You don’t know shit about me."

Unwavering and accepting, Espinoza closes Treble and Tremble on "It’s Okay to Think About Ending," easing in with a simple piano and vocal melody before unfolding into something understated yet gorgeous, its orchestral instrumentation delicate and offering the album’s most poignant simple request: "Take care of your heart."

Customer Reviews

They took some leaps and bounds to create this beautiful record.
Jasper Mcworthy
Some songs like the gritty "Sounds" take a rock-ier edge, with a blurred bass running behind the fast guitar riffs.
E. A Solinas
There is nothing here to like or dislike making me wonder why they tried at all.
T. Plummer

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After two albums of mediocre Pixies-esque rock, Earlimart changed their sound so completely that you couldn't even tell it was the same band -- creating "Everyone Down Here," a slice of mellow, Grandaddy-esque pop. And their fourth album "Treble and Tremble" continues that trend, but refines their sound as a bittersweet, lush ode to Elliott Smith.

The sound: Gentle acoustic pop-rock with a few haunting sonic sweeps, and vocals that sound like they're singing a perpetual lullaby. "Valley People" is forty seconds of undulating experimentation, and songs like "A Bell and a Whistle" linger on as gentle, pensive spacey folk songs that sound a bit like Grandaddy B-sides.

Some songs like the gritty "Sounds" take a rock-ier edge, with a blurred bass running behind the fast guitar riffs. But then at the chorus it becomes softer, and about two thirds through it slows down into a meandering melody. The roiling "Unintentional Tape Manipulation" sounds like an album recorded in a haunted house.

A melancholy thread runs through "Treble and Tremble." Their last album didn't really have much of a unifying theme, but now Earlimart's focus seems to be on loneliness and lack of communication. It's a sign of a more mature band if their music is not only evolving, but their songwriting is as well.

Heavy stuff, and apparently was inspired by late, much-lamented musician Elliott Smith, who was a neighbor of Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza, and whom the album is dedicated to. This textured, poignant album seems even more so when you think of Smith: "I said goodbye/to my whole family/I hope they'll miss me/as much as you." Espinoza seems to be almost asking Smith -- too late -- to hang on because he cares.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meg Wallace on October 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is, as the other review says, truly haunting and beautiful. Most of the time, I have to play a new album for awhile to really love it. From the first play, Treble and Tremble grabbed me and I've not taken it out of my cd player since. If you're a fan of Elliott Smith and the like, I highly recommend picking this up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Kornman on March 21, 2005
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Forget what you've heard about Earlimart's "Treble & Tremble" being a rip-off of Elliott Smith and forget the Pixie past. Earlimart has something better than that for you in "Treble & Tremble"

T&T is certainly in the same vein as Elliott's soulfull, heartwrenching, lyrical piano and acoustic driven songwriting. But it is no clone. Earlimart instead works within the genre Smith pioneered to produce something familiar, yet still original. Songs such as "All They Ever Do Is Talk" and "Heaven Adores You" are the most remeniscent of Smith's style on the album, yet they are good in their own right: not as immitation but homage.

Though Aaron Espinoza is certainly lyrically talented, he can of course in no way replace or compare with Elliott's significance and style. But he is willing to bring an experimental element listeners should find to be significant in the development of a unique style for the band. Particularly fascinating to me are two songs: "Sounds" which is a great rock-out piece echoing a bit of Pedro the Lion. But most intriguing is "Unintentional Tape Manipulations," a crazed mix of distortion, noise, acoustic guitar, and haunting vocal filtering that makes for something truly original and fascinating to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on August 17, 2007
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Although I bristle a bit at comparisons (usually), Earlimart's "Treble and Tremble" conjures bits of Elliott Smith's vocal delivery, Grandaddy's urban-sprawly submerged rhythmic chug, and Dios (Malos)'s sun-warped pop song structures -- and I mean this in the most complimentary way.

There are less jiggly keyboards and punky outbursts than Grandaddy and more of an emphasis on acoustic guitar-based tunesmithing; less pathos than Smith but just as much grain and development to the emotional content; possibly a more seasoned approach to production than Dios. And while touchstones abound, Earlimart has created an album of lasting beauty that dovetails nicely with a quiet summer day and an unfiltered wheat beer, perhaps. Or a slightly brewed-too-strong coffee.

"T&T" is a bit of a sleeper album -- while the melodies and songs don't necessarily jump out of the speakers and announce themselves, they do burrow slowly into your consciousness and make a cozy nest after a couple listens. Going on a long roadtrip? Well T&T might not be the album that will keep you awake late at night on I-80 -- but it is ideal for listening to when you reach your destination. Even if your destination is just the back porch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Mcworthy on January 25, 2005
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I enjoyed Everyone Down Here so much and felt it was a very worthy debut for this band. They took some leaps and bounds to create this beautiful record.

It aches my stomach with how great "The Hidden Track" is, complete bliss and sets you up for a good feeling on the rest of the album. Where as the rest of the album clicks and misses upon first listening. But I find the best stuff is when you hear it a couple of times, usually when a great album sinks in it gets flooded.

No matter how many times I hear "The Hidden Track" I just go to pieces. This is quite the masterful follow up if you ask me.
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