The moniker The Whispering Tree is rife with imagery and symbolism. One interpretation is the subtle call of natural forces, as if listening to the noises trees make as wind passes through them may mystically reveal answers or profound truths. Its a call of the wild ideal, but for the Franco-American folk-rock duo the concept of The Whispering Tree spoke to them during a period of aimlessness.
At the time, after heaps of critical acclaim, and well-received international tours, the pair found itself in a creative and spiritual lull. However, listening to the music from within enabled the duo to find direction out from the forest of depression and listlessness. Now, The Whispering Tree returns with a milestone album, Invisible Forces, out August, 2018, its second album in 11 years, and first release in 5 years.
There was this slow realization that creating and performing gives our lives meaning and purpose. Without it we were drifting, reveals Eleanor. So, our whole head space was a little different while planning and creating this album because we had very consciously decided that we wanted to continue making music, and, from that space, we had very little to prove.
The Franco-American duo, which includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, nature imagery, perspectives from travel, and a panoramic musicality that encompasses traditional folk, indie rock, classic rock, and 1960s pop and rock n roll. The twosome has garnered favorable comparisons to Cowboy Junkies, Over the Rhine and Aimee Mann.