My Room in the Trees

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My Room in the Trees
Studio album by The Innocence Mission
Released July 13, 2010
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Alternative
Length 42:12
Label Badman Recording Co.
Producer The Innocence Mission
The Innocence Mission chronology
Street Map
(2008)
My Room in the Trees
(2010)

"My Room in the Trees" is the eighth studio album from The Innocence Mission, released July 13 via Badman Recording Company.

The iTunes edition of the album contained an exclusive bonus track, "Greys and Blues." The song was a pre-order bonus track, meaning that it was only available to those who pre-ordered the entire album before July 13.

Background and production[edit]

Originally slated for release in spring 2009, the album was preceded by the teaser EP release Street Map in December 2008. The EP – released independently by The Innocence Mission via their own LAMP label – was intended to preview several tracks that would later appear on their then-upcoming studio album. However, an update to their website in September 2009 revealed that after further recording, the next LP had "turned out to be a mostly new group of songs, with maybe one song from Street Map." Later, in March 2010, it was announced that no songs found on Street Map will appear on My Room In The Trees.[1]

The track "I'd Follow If I Could" was originally released as a bonus track on international editions of their previous studio album We Walked In Song under the title "Shooting Star (Sketch)," while "Rhode Island" is a new version of a song that dates back to early 1996. "Rhode Island" was performed a handful of times on the band's Glow tour, and for a February 1996 appearance on the Acoustic Cafe radio show. A 1997 demo recording of "Rhode Island" was briefly offered through the band's official site as a free download in February 2003.[2] The new recording of "Rhode Island" has distinctive double-tracked harmonies.

"Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)" features the return of founding member Steve Brown on drums, who left the group in 1997 to pursue a career as a chef. Two tracks ("Mile-Marker" and "The Melendys Go Abroad") are instrumentals—a staple of songwriter/guitarist Don Peris' solo work, but a relatively new hallmark of Innocence Mission releases (there were three such instrumentals on the Street Map EP).

The full version of new song "The Happy Mondays" is available to stream on the radio player located at Badman Recording Co.'s website, while the site will also be "taking pre-orders for the CD around May 25th and shipping in mid-June to those that can't wait to have this beautiful, uplifting thirteen song album."[3]

Tracklisting[edit]

All songs written and composed by Karen Peris, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)"     4:13
2. "The Happy Mondays"   Karen Peris; Don Peris 4:31
3. "God Is Love"     3:37
4. "Gentle the Rain At Home"     3:47
5. "Spring"     3:57
6. "All the Weather"   Karen Peris; Don Peris 2:58
7. "Rhode Island"   Karen Peris; Don Peris 3:24
8. "North American Field Song"     3:19
9. "Mile-Marker"   Don Peris 2:02
10. "The Leaves Lift High"     3:58
11. "I'd Follow If I Could"     2:00
12. "The Melendys Go Abroad"     1:31
13. "Shout for Joy"     2:55
14. "Greys and Blues" (iTunes Bonus Track)   3:24
Total length:
45:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Karen Peris: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Pump Organ, Melodica, Artwork
  • Don Peris: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Drums, Cello, Background Vocals
  • Mike Bitts: Upright and Electric Bass
  • Steve Brown: Drums on "Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)"
  • Gina Di Carlo: Violin on "Rain (Setting Out in the Leaf Boat)"
  • Carl Saff: Mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[4] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Innocence Mission.com Home Page Access date: 18th May 2010.
  2. ^ The Innocence Mission Discography 4.0 Access date: 25th May 2010.
  3. ^ Badman Recording Co. www.badmanrecordingco.com. Access date: 18th May 2010.
  4. ^ "The Innocence Mission - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 19, 2013.