Above the Trees by Tim McNary


Back in 2013 I fell in love with the music of Tim McNary after listening to his album ‘While We are Walking’ because of the honest emotion within his music and his gentle vocal style. Each song on this release was a delight to listen to and I had to add it to my collection. Of course, he was featured on my site with the post ‘Introducing Tim McNary’. Then in 2014 I shared an interview with Tim and during our chat he talked about his fan funded project to create his EP ‘Above the Trees’ (see post ‘Interview Tim McNary’). I am pleased to say that this was successful and recording began shortly after. He locked himself away with a few people and began recording in a cabin in the mountains of Georgia so he could create something special and without the distractions that the modern world has to offer. Before I talk about the EP in full, I decided to ask Tim a few questions about ‘Above the Trees’ EP and this is what he had to say:

What were your goals when working on ‘Above the Trees EP’?

I wanted to make a record that sounded like what I heard in my head. Secondly, I hoped the music would be compelling enough that a listener could listen to the whole album and get lost in the sounds and feelings for a bit.

During the process of putting this EP together, what were the highs and lows?

One of the greatest highs was  being out in nature in a cabin with only the music to focus on. Another was that I felt that Paul Warner (the producer) and I were able to build a sonic world that I feel good about inhabiting. There were some intense  lows during the recording process…It was the most emotional and high stress recording process I’ve been through to date. The labor pains were intense, but I think the baby turned out quite well.

How did it feel when you heard the final version of the EP?

By the time the EP was done, I’d been through so much editing and listening for minute details that I was numb to the sound. Now on fresh ears, I listen and think it’s pretty solid.

What is your favourite song from this release and why?

I can’t choose…..

Now Above the Trees is completed, what are your future goals for your music?

Touring nationally around the US, broadly licensing the tracks, and continuing to  grow  my music business and artistry to include European and South America touring. I’d like to support myself solely on music at some point in the next year and a half. The way things are going, I think it could happen.

After his stunning debut release with ‘While We are Walking’ my expectations were very high especially as it included the flawless song ‘Empty are We’. The few years since this release has seen Tim’s go on an adventure of his own as he became homeless and had his musical equipment stolen which led to a tough time in his life. This did not keep him or his music down as he picked himself back up and began rebuilding his world. These experiences have been used to help give us a collection of songs that are simply beautiful and exceeded my expectations.

The EP begins with ‘Be With Me’ which instantly offers you one of many outstanding vocal displays that will appeal to anyone who is a fan of music. His tone is gentle and warm which is impossible to pull away due to it’s irresistible charm which is showcased on each song. There are times when he adds a bit of power to his voice to help reflect the emotion needed within his words and he still sounds great when he does so. Throughout ‘Above the Trees’ EP you get to hear this musician’s gift of how he uses his vocal talents to perfection to share his stunning lyrical contents that gives each song it’s own special soul. The way Tim McNary connects when writing his music always seems to result in something special which is also helped by his gift of arranging his music to help give his sound this charm.

I am infatuated with each song from this release as not one of them (in my opinion) is weak, but each offer their own strengths within their sound. I would like to highlight the songs ‘Missus’ and ‘The Heist’ which both standout for me as they offer everything that makes the music of Tim McNary stand out. I am pleased that this EP features the song ‘The Other Man’ (which was released as a single in 2014) as this is one special to me. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have spoken about my love of this song on many occasions. There is something about this song that never fails to impress me even though I have heard it so many times that it is in my top 10 most played songs in my collection. There is something about the lyrics and it’s delivery that is near perfection due to the songs honest emotional tone. I will also go as for to say it’s one of my favourite songs that has been released by any musician/band over the past decade.

Overall, this is an EP that has somehow improved on an already impressive sound which has resulted in the best collection of songs from Tim McNary. This is music in it’s most honest form and this musician is wearing his heart on his sleeve for the world to see and hear. All I’ll say is spare some time when you can’t be distracted and listen to this EP from start to finish. As soon as you press play expect to be swept away in his sound as it takes you on a journey which any fan of music will appreciate. You can listen to Tim McNary’s music on his Soundcloud and YouTube pages, so head on over. If you like what you hear and want to own a copy of ‘Above the Trees’ for yourself then you can buy it from the usual online stores of Amazon and iTunes.

With such a great collection of songs I expect nothing but praise and success for what Tim has created with ‘Above the Trees’ EP. If you want to share your love for the music of Tim McNary then send him a message on his social media sites at Facebook and Twitter which are also great places to find out about his future shows. You can also find this information and more at his website at TimMcNary.com.

As always, a reminder that when music like this sounds so good and it speaks to you then don’t forget to help spread the word. Musicians and bands need our help to make their music grow and this is even more important when it is from unsigned/independent musicians. So, if the music of Tim McNary matters to you then tell the world about him today!