Toronto Garage Rock sextet Dearly Beloved have released their latest single, “Trees Dream Of You,” from their upcoming new album, Walker Park, due out this Friday via Sonic Unyon Records. Discussing “Trees Dream Of You,” songwriter/producer/bassist Rob Higgins called it a “battle of ego vs. nature.”
The majesty of forests, and their righteousness, to me, is inspiring. If only humanity could be more like a forest.
The follow up to 2019’s Time Square Discount, which was written entirely while on the road and recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, Walker Park took shape while Higgins was writing and recording at home, in his Phoebe Street studio, to cope with the pandemic. The lockdown provided freedom to work patiently and use the studio “as an instrument itself”, eventually mixing the album with bandmate and Slow Pineapple production partner Tyler Beans.
The songs started as super long bass and drum jams I built myself at home. I’d play for like 15 minutes and record it all. Then I’d go looking for good bits. Once whittled into a form I’d send the song to the band to freak out on.
The songs on Walker Park were selected to communicate a “narrative arc.”
The band has supported artists like Swervedrive, Juliette Lewis and the Licks and Sloan on national tours of Canada, the U.S. and UK, while collaborating with Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age), Chris Gross (Masters of Reality), Patrick Pentland (Sloan), Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta), Dimitri Coates (OFF!, Burning Brides), and Care Failure (Die Mannequin).