Photo by Karen Ponzio

Photo by Karen Ponzio


no line north


No Line North cultivates a uniquely unified sound that blends laid-back vocals and bright harmonies with guitars, violins, loop pedals, vibraphone and a driving rhythm section — transcending and bending genres in ways that sound familiar yet strikingly distinct. Running the spectrum from distorted garage rock to orchestral, quiet folk, the result is an eclectic version of Americana -- “Neu-Americana.”

The band released their eponymous debut under the moniker Closely Watched Trains on Twin Lakes in October 2009. That first collection turned a lot of heads with The New Haven Register citing it as Connecticut’s best release of the year and The Big Takeover calling it “fresh and inspired.” Since then, No Line North has grown to become a powerful and tightknit unit, honing their craft by playing shows and woodshedding in bassist John Leonard's Sonic Bot Studio. The critically acclaimed Farther Out Beyond Today followed CWT and was their first album under the new NLN moniker.

Their latest effort, Dreams of Trees, Part I will be available on limited edition CD and digitally on April 28, 2017. The first half of a split recording, Part I finds the band exploring improvisation and hypnotic rhythms (the Neu-Americana of “Line Drive”), folk-pop (“Butterflies,” “Sky & Sea”), train beats (“Under the Sun”), and the old weird America (“Sugar Baby” – Dock Boggs interpretation). Part II, to be released later this year, will maintain its folk leanings and delve more heavily into garage rock.



Dreams of Trees, Part I reviewed in The Big Takeover, June 2017

Dreams of Trees, Part I reviewed in The New Haven Independent, May 2017

Dreams of Trees, Part I reviewed in Schizomusica, April 2017

Dreams of Trees, Part I gets 7/10 from Americana UK, April 2017

Some early love for Dreams of Trees, Part I from WPKN. "Sky & Sea" selected as one of their Favorite Tracks of the Week – 03/26/17

Farther Out Beyond Today reviewed in the New Haven Independent, January 2015

Farther Out Beyond Today reviewed in Americana UK, December 2014

Glowing words from Beat The Indie Drum, July 2011

More nice words from CTIndie, May 2010

New Haven Register Meriden Daffodil Festival feature, April 2010 review of CWT s/t debut, February 2010

The New Haven Register picks Closely Watched Trains as their favorite local album of 2009.

IndepenDisc review of CWT self-titled debut, December 2009

New Haven Advocate review of CWT self-titled debut, October 2009

"This Train's a-rolling" feature in The New Haven Register, October 2009

The Hartford Courant review of the CWT self-titled debut, October 2009


The Big Takeover, Issue 66

The Big Takeover, Issue 66