Treefight for Sunlight is a Danish quartet with deep roots. Band members Mathias Sørensen, Morten Winther Nielsen, and Christian Rohde Lindiger began playing together in sixth grade, modestly beginning their musical careers with their grade-school take on the Beatles’ Let it Be. As the band grew more serious, they were joined by pianist and vocalist Niels Kirk. The band spent three and a half years crafting their debut album, recording parts of it in an old church in their hometown, the only venue they could borrow for free. Their debut album was released as a self-title in the UK by Bella Union in 2011 and released stateside under the original Danish name, A Collection of Vibrations for Your Skull by Friendly Fire Records.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term dream pop, Danish quartet Treefight For Sunlight are an excellent example of why this genre of music has been named as such. On their debut album, A Collection of Vibrations for Your Skull, they’ve put together a power nap’s-length collection of ethereal indie pop music built on layers of gorgeous three-part vocal harmonies. The piano-led opening track “A Dream Before Sleep” is their version of a heavenly overture, meant to gently transport you from the present moment and into an blissful, otherworldly state of mind. Inspired by this track, we asked Treefight For Sunlight’s bassist/vocalist Christian Rohde Lindinger to share one of the most bizarre dreams he’s ever had. Read on to find out what happened during this particularly memorable state of REM.
“Well, in this dream, there were two main things that made it an unforgettable experience. First of all, I didn’t exist in my own body, I existed as some kind of molecular structure in different forms of water and second of all, everything was manifested musically as well as visually with a very total connection between the two.
At first, everything was sort of transparent and white like jellyfish and there were thousands of tiny circular structures like me. The music I heard was like a really high pitch rain, almost like when it starts to drizzle, which almost sounds like electrical noise, except there was definite harmony in this sound and chord changes going along with movements in this texture of water that was changing and in constant vibration. I was gazing at the surroundings and felt I could feel movements from our entire organism even though I could not sense how big it was, and then suddenly we were all pushed together and became part of each other in a much more firm structure. A drop of rain. Then, it was as if something that had been carrying us, disappeared under us and we were falling very fast beside each other, thousands of us passing in and out of one another. The sound was roaring noise in one note like a really loud distorted flute with massive overtones. As we fell, I realized I was able to position myself in the slipstream of a drop and gain view of it all and just then, we hit a water surface and my perspective changed. I was now looking at all the other drops falling, big ones and tiny ones from the splashes when they hit. The music now, was drums made out of drops falling into water, still on a macro-level. Sort of Steve Reich, but not really, way more dynamic and with a rhythmical diversity that was sort of dubstep-ish, but based on something more melodic. Then I looked up and a drop hit me in “the face” so I woke up even though I really really didn’t want to. The following month I took a trip to a lake with one of my friends. We got high and recorded stones and matches falling into the water.”-as told by Christian Rohde Lindinger (bassist/vocalist), Treefight For Sunlight.