Treesus, aka Jacob Mingle, lives in a yurt.
He is an organic farmer, and his wife is growing a small soul in her belly. He also makes folk music. During a visit to Placerville, CA - a time spent recording his other band Los Webelos, also featured on One Night Music - I managed to experience a small breadth of the mountains, crisp air, and country that must be inspiration to Jacob's spirit cries and shriek folk that are at once ear-bending, and lullaby.
One bright night we built a fire and moved a couch to the wall-less barn, brought out a small generator, shone a light on Jacob, and recorded a One Night Music session. It was ephemeral and ghostly. Nuzzled between a hill of certified organic wine grapes, and the goat's grazing land, Treesus sang of train stations and words reminiscent of past lives and atavistic endeavors. The moon and Jacob's wolf dog friend made eyes, the breeze kissed fingertips that birthed acoustic melody and music resonated through the valley.
Lyrically, as in life, Jacob's relationship to the land on which he lives drives the unique tone of his music. He explores strange guitar progressions and a style born in the greater Sacramento music scene - an area diverse in folk and rock experiments. His words blend an image of old-west living, and a natural-spiritual communication with the earth beneath our feet.
This session, recorded on March 18 during my early 2009 statewide rambling, captures Treesus performing in his own element, a space reflective of his own wants and desires - a theme One Night Music has enjoyed incorporating into new sessions as a contrast to the environment of a recording studio.
Recorded in Placerville, CA on March 18, 2009.