Fans of The Cure could be astonished with the first guitar chords of this album. On the first track (Waving Leaves) of The Tree Deep In The Forest, you can hear immediately what this is all about. The Riddle (Kennet De Bondt) must be a die hard fan of The Cure.
This Belgian DIY artist created a weird combination of a melancholic guitar sound with an indie pop like voice. The vocals sound at first conflicting with the music. Dark and sad strings guiding sunshine vocals are producing a blasphemous wedding. If you ever wondered what would happen if you mix Charlotte Sometimes with The Boys Of Summer of Don Henley (The Eagles)? Well…
The Riddle sounds like music from a parallel world, everything on The Tree Deep In The Forest is recognizable but unearthly. This time machine to the eighties had some bugs and wrong calculations creating twelve songs filled with contradiction. Kennet De Bondt vocals are soft and contain a small amount of sad vibes. The tone of his voice is rather apathetic and flat. On the pop song Happy he sings with a very joyous voice showing what he really could do.
There is a lack of tension in song structure and the music on this release, sometimes we had the feeling that doubts of choice limited the exploration of more adventures musical directions. This nut was easily busted holding an original and daring content. Honestly, this is not our cup of tea. For those who favorite and ready for dreamy pop wave music inspired by the eighties, then this could be an interesting and outlandish journey.