The Innocence Mission: My Room In Trees

The Innocence Mission will released their new album My Room In Trees on July 13th. Led by Karen Peris, The Innocence Mission is one of those bands that have been tragically under appreciated by the rest of the world. As I said in my review of their beautiful 2007 We Walked In Song: “I’ve been a fan of the band since 1995’s Glow, which I randomly bought on cassette back in the day without having heard even one note. Back then they were often compared to The Cranberries or The Sundays, but The Innocence Mission has long since broken free of any comparisons. The band has recorded and toured with Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, and 16 Horsepower among others. Most notable of these collaborations was the angelic duet of “When They Ring The Golden Bells” with Natalie Merchant on her Ophelia album.”

the happy Mondays, we blow down alleyways
in our raincoats, in afternoons
the imaginary dogs beside us
are old friends

My Room In Trees is said to be a “celebration of an everyday walk home from school.”

The entire album is pristinely pretty – from the atmospheric opener “Rain” to the fragile beauty of “The Happy Mondays,” which expresses an adolescent’s innocent longing for connection

Sparse arrangements are coupled with poetic lyrics full of scenic imagery and bittersweet emotion – all carried by the lovely soprano of Karen Peris.

Much like their previous release, these new melodies possess a warm, almost childlike charm. But while We Walked In Song shone with the bright, hopeful light of a clear summer day spent with a beloved friend, My Room In Trees has the recurring theme of an introspective, lonely – albeit resilient – walk in a gentle rain.

The Innocence Mission – God is Love (mp3)*
The Innocence Mission – Happy Mondays (mp3)*

*mp3s hosted by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep

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19 thoughts on “The Innocence Mission: My Room In Trees

  1. Love the band. Always have. So glad they’ve released another album. Perhaps one day a bootlegs and B-Sides album?

  2. The Innocence Mission are an incredible band – they are true crafters of songs in an age of disposable everything.

    Thanks so much for posting the MP3 previews. I am truly, truly thankful!

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  4. Hey, thanks for the review. Our love of the Innocence Mission began a very long time ago. Through the very darkest days of our lives together, their music has served as both buoy and buffer. I am excited for the new album. It will among the best news I bring my husband today.

  5. Wonderful couple of songs! Looking forward to the rest (and maybe a couple of live shows *hint*)

  6. Once again, we are blessed with another classic from the most amazing musicians on earth (in my humble opinion!)
    My love affair with the group and their music began when I was ‘convinced’ to spend a night with friend listening to live music at the Chameleon in Lancaster, PA about 20 years ago! I’ve carried on my love affair throughout the years, and it’s deeper and stronger than ever today!
    THANK YOU for sharing your musical talents and perspectives for all these years! Many more to come!!

  7. the world is a better place with you making music in it – thanks so much for the new album! can’t wait to hear it!

  8. Does anyone know of plans for live shows? Or a site to check for tour? I just started listening to Innocence Mission a year ago and am so enthralled!

  9. Still love ’em, but I do miss the drums and atmospheric synths, which haven’t been on display for quite some time. I always love the quiet of the music and the bombast of the drums, plus the synths as glue, from the first three records. Now, I love me some guitar, and the songs are still good, but I’d love the arrangements to be kicked up a notch, if for no other reasons to break free from what has become a pattern since Birds of My Neighborhood. Plus, they know Happy Mondays are a band, right?

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  11. Have been a fan since the beginning and have recently been rediscovering my old Innocence Mission CDS. Have to agree with Darren above. Love everything they do but would love to see them break from some of the quite and instill a bit more sound to the arrangements i.e. glow and umbrella era. Their music is even more passion filled when the arrangements vary a bit with more highs and lows . And love Karen harmonizing with herself on over dubs. nothing more beautiful!!

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