Houseplants by Mie Music published on 2011/02/26 19:12:53 +0000 Trouble Books have cultivated another garden lush with colorful and odd sounds, loops, and drones to walk through and explore. Handmade experimental pop songs blossom from under synthesizer swells and guitar clouds, later to be buried in noise or drift off into ambient atmospherics. The sounds on Gathered Tones seem to come from a location far from Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovkas attic or Mike Tolans living room in Akron, Ohio. Instead, the sputtering electronics and analog sequencers suggest a place like the exotic set of the 1972 film Silent Running, where space stations with huge geodesic domes float in orbit around Saturn, filled with leafy plants and small birds. The quietly sung lyrics about daily life and chores bring the songs back to Earth and make Gathered Tones another warm and personal recording from the group of friends.