Written by Trevor Docter
“Classical Symphony,” is the debut track by aspiring British artist Tree House. Now based in Brooklyn, the acts consists of sole member Will Fortna. Tree House is one of Fortna’s new projects, which he classifies as an understated form of Art-Pop, borrowing sounds from early Chicago House and noting LCD Soundsystem and the Dirty Projectors as influences. Speaking closer to the song’s release last Christmas, of the song’s conception Fortna said, “I was listening to early Chicago House and took some of those piano chords and tried to keep it super minimal. The percussion is 808’s, live recorded maracas and my own sampled drums.”
His style evokes and mixes tropes from various genres—early house, classical minimalism, and even some afrobeat—in order to make his modern pop songs. In “Classical Symphony,” the lyrics take a slight backseat to the melody. The legato keys and light maraca/snare combo take the foreground. The jive that flows out of the speakers can’t help but lighten the mood. The conjunction of the keys, synth and percussion with the soft tone vocals reflects the simple nature of the song’s composition, without downplaying or detracting from its genius. The soft timbre of Fortna’s “Classical Symphony” invites the listener to experience, for a moment, London in the spring—as the city awakens from its winter slumber.