The Poison Tree
"Picturesque songs about the broken-hearted"
"We¹re listening to Steve Salett¹s new album in heavy rotation."
-Wall Street Journal
"[An] early favorite of 2011"
"An innovative indie rock opus"
"a melancholy masterpiece"
The Poison Tree is the project of ex-King Of France frontman Steve Salett and collaborators from his self-described “Elephant 6-styled” Saltlands music collective, a group that includes folks like onetime KoF player Doveman and Dawn Landes. In a text accompanying the record, writer John Wray says “these are the songs a teenager would write, if that teenager happened to be a connoisseur of heartbreak. If that teenager could see into the future — see all the way, past the setbacks and the self-discovery and the sweetness and the terror…” I can’t confirm a state like that would actually sound like the Poison Tree, but I like the description. And you do get some ragged heartbreak on “My Only Friend,” a song that may remind you of Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” before it opens up and goes elsewhere.