We recorded the version of The Sorrow Tree that we performed at our live shows earlier this year at the legendary East West studios. It’s out everywhere now. –moby
The track is a part of the album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt (The EastWest Sessions), a dynamic live re-recording of tracks from his critically praised studio album by the same name which was released earlier this year.
Following a handful of incredibly rare live performances in Los Angeles and New York this spring, Moby and his band decamped to Hollywood’s fabled EastWest Studios which produced a number of Frank Sinatra hits, The Beach Boys’s seminal album ‘Pet Sounds’, and The Mamas and The Papas’s iconic ‘California Dreamin’’. Reflecting upon his desire to re-record the album, Moby says, “the album doesn’t really have any guitars on it and the drums are almost all programmed or sampled. When we added live drums and distorted live guitars, it took on a My Bloody Valentine sonic quality. I was surprised at how these delicate, melodic songs on the record sounded when they were played very loud with this wall of sound. The Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, for me at least, introduced the idea that distortion could be beautiful. Working on the live versions of these songs I was inspired by that idea.”
the original version of Sorrow Tree was taken from Moby’s recent album everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt, out now. a glowing tapestry exploring spirituality, individuality and the brokenness of humanity and finds moby returning to his orchestral, soul, trip-hop and gospel roots.