Treehouse Sanctum is an alternative folk rock band from Denver, CO. Fronted by duo, Sam & Danya Lynn and backed by Andrew (drums), Ben (Bass), Jeremy (lead guitar), & Dewayne (Trumpet); the band is an “Americana orchestra” creating an illuminating fused sound of folk rock soul.
The band’s newest release, Vivere, which means “to live” in Latin, was released 05/05/17. Recorded at The Keep in Denver, CO, the album was co-produced by Grammy nominated engineer, Nick Sullivan and mastered by Grammy winner, Jonathan Russell in Nashville, TN. The band has recently shared the stage with: Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Miner, Whiskey Shivers & The Dustbowl Revival; for fans of: Needtobreathe, Lord Huron, Lake Street Dive, The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, and Van Morrison.
The band’s name is a nod to childhood’s eternal creativity and wisdom. Treehouse Sanctum songs possess intelligent, emotive lyrics covering heroism, love, hope and faith. Driving groove-filled rhythms meet intricately layered instrumentation and harmonies to create a complex and dynamic sound. These “vibrant & wounded” songs can be heard through the rough planks and weathered lines of Treehouse Sanctum’s latest creation, Vivere.
Vivere, is a nod to the innocence of youth and a symbolic sanctuary within which creativity is allowed to flow freely. Vivere means, “to live,” in Latin. It is an album of new hope welcoming the pursuit of what lies ahead, while enjoying all that is in the present.
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Pilot & Crew (2015) – Single
This single release is based upon the true story of Lt. Devert Rymer. 70 years ago, on April 29, 1945, Lt. Rymer was liberated from Stalag Luft VII-A in Germany by U.S. Armed Forces. 10 months prior, he and his crew of nine airmen climbed into a B-24 Liberator named, Buffalo Gal, and took off from southern Italy. The word epic means heroic poem. This brief epic is not only for them, but for all who have served and sacrificed for freedom.
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This unique & genre bending album represents a harmonious fusion of traditional folk, soulful jazz, groove-filled dream rock, and boot stomping Americana.
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More about new album, “Vivere”
With the lead single, Chacala, the band ranges from a conspiratorial hush to a full-throated howl in a matter of minutes. Complete with bursting horn blasts and bone-rattling percussion, this track incorporates a dense Americana aesthetic that brings in bits and pieces of other genres to form a complete and mesmerizing musical landscape. Boasting a waltzing melody that gives the various instruments room to roam and explore, “Chacala” was inspired by singer-guitarist Sam Rymer’s trip to the titular Mexican village situated on the Pacific coast. He spent time there building houses and learning to surf while floating alone in the calm water at night—the ebb and flow within “Chacala” places the listener next to Rymer in the waves of the sea one warm starry night.
Nashville, a song that could fit perfectly into the CMT show of the same name, tells the story of singer and keyboardist Danya Lynn Uptegrove as she tried to make a living there at a very young age. Other, more historic songs, like Pilot & Crew tell the true story of Lt. D. Rymer (Sam’s grandfather) and his crew of nine aboard Buffalo Gal, on her last flight in WWII. Daydream & I Used to Know are lush arrangements, Play It Cool is a dance inducing trip, while the purely instrumental Shebiy (Hebrew for, “captivity”), is dark & brooding back alley jazz.
The title track, Vivere, tells the story of Saul on the road to Damascus to arrest and crucify Christians and the Light that came down and changed his path forever. Saul received a new mission in life, became the Apostle Paul, and wrote much of the New Testament. The song is for anyone who has done a 180 degree turn in life for the better. Vivere, as an album, is complicated yet joyful; vibrant yet wounded; it is full of cohesive instrumentation and raw narratives that ebb and flow with hope.
More about debut album, “Shake the Shadow”
Shake the Shadow was released on March 15, 2014 at the Marquis Theater in Denver, CO. Contributors on this album also include: TD Davis, Christopher J. Bloom, Chris Graham, Dewayne Rymer, Daniel Carrillo, and Ryan Durfee. The 12 song LP was recorded over the course of two years at Bloom’s Room, Silo Sound, and Dave Villano’s studio.
Shades of Blue is one of the most interesting and unique songs on the entire album. Dynamic, wordless harmonies on the chorus, and a lively outro mask the heavy lyrical content of a pending divorce. Battle Hymn is a joyous and defiant groove that draws on soulful southern gospel roots.
The album’s 2nd track, Grace Colorado, is an alt-country duet that is a frank and sentimental look at a man moving on from a relationship with a good-hearted woman. Delivered from his and her vantage points, it is a song that is immediately accessible to anyone who has loved and lost, and couldn’t explain why.
Songs like Paramour, The Wake, and Beauty in the Brokenness highlight the progressive dream-rock abilities of the band. Ocean Song, the album’s final track is a near acappella rendition that makes you want to dig your toes into the sand some place warm and watch the sun set.
From smooth, martini-sipping trumpet work on You Move to the swinging eccentricity of Almost, So Close, this album delivers a masters class in versatility. “Shake the Shadow” is worthwhile debut album to explore.
Treehouse Sanctum is currently writing their sophomore album; inspired by the wisdom, that there are few things better in life, than creating music with your friends. Whenever possible they strive to use their music to serve a higher purpose whether it be by playing a show to support a local charity or writing songs about subjects they hope will inspire.