Pico vs Island Trees is a trio of scary talented 19-year-olds en route to college, who have taken a detour into recording smart, pop-inflected songs. Lead vocalist Bryan Carter sounds faintly like a John Mayer with balls and much better song writing skills. The songs have a hint of Counting Crows and Ben Folds Five, but, alas, arrive at quite a unique popular vision.
The music is mostly acoustically based with electric overtones and a bit of an island feel. Chris Karlsson’s guitar adds shimmering electricity to the natural acoustics of the recording. This is a very hopeful freshman effort that leads one to believe that these three young men will grow into the hook-generating songwriters they are destined to be. This ability is amply illustrated on "Six Up" and "More Than You Could No." This is music full of innocence and youthful enthusiasm, which makes it irresistable.
The band’s name is cheekily taken from a First Amendment court case of the same title. Now, that is the way to name a band.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.