BY ANGIE MARTIN
PHOTO BY NOEL CONRAD
Arbouretum could be described as classic-rock-meets-17th-century-poetry intertwined with the metaphor of the growth of a tree. Their sound features a practical and whimsical quality in which melodic guitars form the roots of each track with percussion as the trunk, deep lyricism the branches and emotional tones the leaves. The concentric rings on their sonic tree may not be many, but the prolific recording band has delivered nine immaculate albums to date (four on Chicago-based Thrill Jockey), proving that the seeds planted 15 years ago were ripe and fruitful for these mystical Baltimore-based artists. It makes complete sense this band would pen tracks under the name Arbouretum, a place where tree after tree sprouts and flourishes.