Cherry Tree (EP)

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Cherry Tree
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EP by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2004
RecordedGretchen's Kitchen; Tarquin Studios
GenreIndie rock
ProducerPeter Katis, Nick Lloyd, Padma Newsome, The National
The National chronology
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree is an EP by the indie rock band The National, released in July 2004. It was reissued on June 28, 2011 by Brassland Records, the same label on which it was originally released.[1]


"Murder Me Rachael" is a live version taken from a Black Sessions recording, while "Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)" is a song featuring Padma Newsome. In addition to CD, Cherry Tree was originally released on limited edition red-colored 10" vinyl by Shake It!, a record shop in the band members hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It has since had numerous repressings by Brassland Records.

An alternative version of the song "About Today" was featured in the 2011 movie Warrior, directed by Gavin O'Connor, and has played in the film The East, and the television show The Path.

The title song, "Cherry Tree," was featured in the credits of the documentary If A Tree Falls.

The song "All the Wine" was included on The National's follow-up album, Alligator.

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Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The National, except where noted.

1."Wasp Nest" 3:22
2."All the Wine" 3:20
3."All Dolled-Up in Straps" 4:11
4."Cherry Tree" 4:27
5."About Today" 4:11
6."Murder Me Rachael" (Live) 3:37
7."A Reasonable Man (I Don't Mind)"Padma Newsome5:22


  • Recorded by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios, Nick Lloyd at Gretchen's Kitchen, Padma Newsome in Australia, and The National in Brooklyn.
  • Mixed by Nick Lloyd at Gretchen's Kitchen.
  • "Murder Me Rachael" is an extract from Black Session #200, broadcast by France Inter, Paris, on November 17, 2003, Studio 105.
  • "Murder Me Rachael" sound engineered by George Sautour.
  • Photography by Pope Rathman.
  • Design by Distant Station Ltd.
Additional musicians
  • Padma Newsome – viola, violin, vocals (on tracks 3 and 7), guitar (on track 7)
  • Nate Martinez – electric guitars (on track 1)
  • Nick Lloyd – piano and organ


  1. ^ Young, Alex (2011-04-29). "The National to reissue Cherry Tree EP on June 28th". Consequence of Sound.