After appearing on Angular’s 2010 compilation ‘Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics’, Eleven Pond’s ‘Watching Trees’ is now being released as a 12” EP, spinning at 45rpm for the first time ever and backed with LP highlight Portugal and a previously unreleased early demo version of the A‑side.
The band formed in Rochester, CA in 1986, and self released their only LP ‚Bas Relief‘ the following year. Two and a half decades later Watching Trees has taken on a life of it’s own, having been wholeheartedly embraced by a new generation of synth-pop kids and sounding fresher on the dancefloor than most electronic body music today.
In the words of bass player Jeff Gallea : „We didn’t cheat. We worked hard to create all those sounds. No loops. Nothing digital. People can hear that analog purity. And song writing was influenced by a great post punk scene. That’s why it’s relevant today.“
The track recalls other mid-80’s synthy post punk such as Fad Gadget, Echo and The Bunnymen and the pop nous of Vince Clarke era Depeche Mode.