Treee City feat. Ace Henderson
Treee City is the electronic music project of Durham-based artist Patrick Phelps-McKeown. Since 2002, he has been creating flavorful hybrid dance music that draws from field recordings, pop radio, broken technology, and decomposing trees. A founding member and resident DJ of Durham club night Party Illegal, his desire to let people dance has led his music into a world of thickly textured emotion propelled by rolling drums and tectonic basslines.
His roots in North Carolina’s music scene have led to performances at festivals like Moogfest, Hopscotch, Jamnesia, and Sine Wave Surfers, as well as opening for artists like Giraffage, Branchez, Braille, Figure, and Govinda. He has remixed tracks by Sylvan Esso, The Bronzed Chorus, Real Dad, Chae Buttuh, LiLa, and deeB, and collaborated with BROCKHAMPTON’s Dom McClennon on 2015’s “Tempest,” which was covered by Pigeons and Planes, Complex, and 2DopeBoyz. He has composed original music for dancer and choreographer Anna Barker’s Feature Presentation as well as Aaron Mandel’s “Durham Under Development” multimedia installation at Pleiades Gallery, and is a member of international producer collective Top Cats.
Like Neptune, Treee City enjoys the riches of the deep. His world works and rewards him vigorously, and Treee City learns nothing, ever. Why should he? In his world there is no pattern, no law; only the incessant conversational cross-currents of nature and abstraction. Treee City is innocent but not noble. What he is really looking for is a good scare. He knows that the blow never falls. Treee City has many bodies, all identical.
We approached this music video like we do most. We have a pretty rough outline of what we’re trying to accomplish and then assess the situation and surroundings the day of. The projector shots in the video are the fruit of that mindset. Also, shoutout to Max Rutledge for assisting with camera work.
The Tidal Wave video premiered with local outlet Indy Week