First of all, it's pronounced "thoo-zhuh," and it's the
genus name of North American cedar trees. It's an oddly appropriate
name for this San Francisco band. Thuja's amorphous layers of piano,
organ, guitar, accordion, percussion, and electronics swirl together
into woodsy environments of sound, reinforced by natural phenomena
such as snapping sticks or scraping rocks. Listening to Thuja is
like navigating a hazy dreamscape: things seem familiar, but it
is impossible to predict what will happen next. Sometimes shafts
of light filter through the canopy of sound; other times the pieces
remain dark and mysterious. But Thuja is more intriguing than frightening.
Thier pieces gently unfold into delicate musical melodramas that
will seduce you with their subtle sonic explorations. –Epitonic
recorded by loren chasse, steven r. smith, rob reger, glenn donaldson.
mixed at unique ancient tavern fall 2002