Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals (2014)

Travelling back from Waterford, Ireland this Sunday afternoon I was sitting behind a family of 7 – five of whom were children under the age of 10 (including 2 under 5s).

Trampled By Turtles provided a much-needed, noise-cancelling soundtrack to my journey with their calming though oftentimes wistful American indie bluegrass.

The sweeping strings and soft harmonies of one song in particular accompanied my flight “in the aeroplane over the sea” … and green fields, from their 2014 album, Wild Animals:

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals

This, Trampled By Turtles’ 7th studio album, was released on July 15th on Banjodad Records/Thirty Tigers, and they are progressive bluegrass five-piece from Duluth, Minnesota. Which is perfect timing as I’m just about to catch up with Season 1 of Fargo (which I missed while I was away over the Summer).

The title of this post is “Trampled By Turtles. Twice.” – and that’s because I have a second pick for you, which was the first song I heard of theirs and the one that prompted me to seek out more. There’s a snippet of it in this (partial) timelapse vignette for the album:

Plus, the full stream from Spotify:

Trampled By Turtles – “Repetition”

They’re playing at London’s Scala on 20th November, which I fell is a strange venue for them – I think their sound could be better suited to somewhere like The Borderline or The Lexington, but both are smaller capacity so possibly not an option. Buy the full album now on iTunes or amazon.