BW's Treefort 2019 Playlist: Built to Spill, Frankiie and MERTLE 

Vintage-inspired tunes seemed to be the theme if the evening for the second night of Treefort. Whether truly vintage, or new ones trying to sound like the old, it didn’t feel like 2019. Here’s some highlights.

Built to Spill 
click to enlarge Built to Spill - BRIAN MILLAR
  • Brian Millar
  • Built to Spill
Built to Spill brought back everything everyone missed about the 90s with electric guitar riffs and refrained vocals––it was retro in ways that made it feel think the 90s never left. Doug Martsch and the band kept the crowd excited, which cheered with a feeling of familiarity and nostalgia, seeping with the feeling that these were the good old days.


Frankiie 
Frankiie - BRIAN MILLAR
  • Brian Millar
  • Frankiie
This women-led quartet transported the audience at the Linen Building to a dreamy field with amber vocals and a sound of grasshopper wings represented by tambourines. The dream-like state that was created by the angelic, siren vocals and old school vibe, created a world where the time and place became unknown or altogether irrelevant.


MERTLE
click to enlarge MERTLE - BRIAN MILLAR
  • Brian Millar
  • MERTLE
MERTLE hit home at the Neurolux, playing a rendition of Benny and the Jets that felt youthful and refreshingly energetic. Lifted vocals compare to those of MIKA and BØRNS, while the keyboard produced notes that carried to the height of the room. The bass and guitar swing in to ground the music, but not too close, as the drums keep it from touching with bouncing, lofty beats.
click to enlarge MERTLE - BRIAN MILLAR
  • Brian Millar
  • MERTLE
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