On the heels of their gentle and beautiful 2013 album Fade, indie rock legends Yo La Tengo released the curiously packaged Tree. The atypical release takes the form of a five-minute DVD of a brilliantly animated short film by artist Jim Woodring scored by a previously unreleased and especially fuzzy Yo La Tengo song. In the short and psychedelic film, the three members of Yo La Tengo are vaguely represented by sprightly woodland cartoon caricatures of themselves, running around the branches of an ever-growing tree until they become exhausted and fall happily asleep beneath it. This release is made complete by the inclusion of three soft plastic toy dolls, one for each of the cartoon members of the band.
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas