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Up A Tree (25th Anniversary Edition)
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March 8, 2024
  • Vinyl

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    Limited Edition Transparent Green Vinyl

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    Includes flexi disc bonus track ‘Brilliant Paper’ by Ronnie Black & Sue Tompkins and new sleeves notes by Karla Black & Jenny Hayo.

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    Double CD

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    Expanded 2 CD edition with additional tracks from the time, including unreleased remixes and reworks of tracks from the original album.

Mute celebrates the 25th Anniversary Edition of Looper’s 1999 album, Up A Tree, featuring never-before-released songs.

Initially released on Sub Pop, Up A Tree is the debut record by the Scottish lo-fi band led by Stuart David (co-founder and bass player of Belle & Sebastian) and his wife Karn David. It was recorded shortly after Looper had recruited previous band members, Ronnie Black and Scott Twynholm. Upon release, the album reached #24 on the UK independent album charts and received acclaim for its gentle sound and honest lyrics, being described by singer-songwriter Ben Folds as “…a gift of a record.”

This anniversary edition features alternative artwork designed by Karn and includes new sleeve notes by Jenny Hayo. The band attributes her as the catalyst starting Looper, as she initially approached Stuart. It also includes words from Stuart’s sister, Karla Black, whose degree show at the Glasgow School of Art saw Looper’s first-ever performance.

Up A Tree is available on CD with a bonus disc of reworkings and remixes and as a limited edition transparent green vinyl with a bonus flexi disc, including an unreleased track titled ‘Brilliant Paper’ by Looper and Sue Tompkins, a British visual and sound artist based in Glasgow, previously in the indie rock band Life Without Buildings.

Digital Tracklist

Disc 1

  1. 1 The Treehouse 1:31 Buy

    The Treehouse

  2. 2 Impossible Things #2 5:22 Buy

    Impossible Things #2

  3. 3 Burning Flies 3:56 Buy

    Burning Flies

  4. 4 Festival '95 4:54 Buy

    Festival '95

  5. 5 Ballad of Ray Suzuki 4:43 Buy

    Ballad of Ray Suzuki

  6. 6 Dave the Moon Man 5:12 Buy

    Dave the Moon Man

  7. 7 Quiet and Small 3:06 Buy

    Quiet and Small

  8. 8 Columbo's Car 4:54 Buy

    Columbo's Car

  9. 9 Up a Tree Again 3:16 Buy

    Up a Tree Again

  10. 10 Back to the Treehouse 2:05 Buy

    Back to the Treehouse

Disc 2

  1. 1 Back to the Treehouse (Ambient Mix) 3:41 Buy

    Back to the Treehouse (Ambient Mix)

  2. 2 Ray's Golden Fist (Bananahand Remix) 4:58 Buy

    Ray's Golden Fist (Bananahand Remix)

  3. 3 Burning Flies (Acoustic) 3:04 Buy

    Burning Flies (Acoustic)

  4. 4 Columbo's Car (Peugeot 403 Mix) 3:06 Buy

    Columbo's Car (Peugeot 403 Mix)

  5. 5 Blurred Stars 2:33 Buy

    Blurred Stars

  6. 6 Up a Tree Again (The Chocolate Layer's St. John's Ambulance Mix) 6:00 Buy

    Up a Tree Again (The Chocolate Layer's St. John's Ambulance Mix)

  7. 7 Quiet and Small (Acoustic) 2:51 Buy

    Quiet and Small (Acoustic)

  8. 8 Dave the Moon Man (Scott Twynholm Remix) 7:48 Buy

    Dave the Moon Man (Scott Twynholm Remix)

  9. 9 Impossible Things 3:55 Buy

    Impossible Things

  10. 10 Up a Tree Again (Acoustic) 3:40 Buy

    Up a Tree Again (Acoustic)

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