The Tree Ring
The Tree Ring is the chamber-inspired project from San Diego folk artist Joel P West. In February 2011, the band released their debut record, Generous Shadows, which they wrote and recorded together in Idyllwild, California. The marriage of classically-influenced string arrangements with glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, and a fragile pump organ aim to create a delicate space to host careful lyrics, which are most often odes to the natural world. Their work has been described as "warm, richly textured, and pastoral" and "music you can curl up into."
"The band has a very unique sound with violins, cellos, and organ mixed with acoustic guitar floating beneath West’s vocals in a rarefied atmosphere that is tough to categorize, or to find other groups with a similar style. Asked about influences, West lists Leonard Cohen, Debussy, Ravel, Elliott Smith, Thom Yorke, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, and many others." - San Diego Troubadour