Sunrise / The Trees (single)

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  • Sleeve design: Peter Saville Studio



Formats and catalogue numbers


8 October 2001

CD1 - CID786

CD2 - CIDX786

12" vinyl - 12IS786

Original UK release.


  1. Sunrise (5:52)
  2. The Trees (4:53)
  3. Sunrise (Fat Truckers / Scott free mix) (4:06)


  1. The Trees (4:53)
  2. Sunrise (5:52)
  3. The Trees (Felled By I Monster) (5:25)


  1. Sunrise (All Seeing I - Middle of the Road mix) (4:24)
  2. The Trees (felled by I Monster) (5:25)
  3. The Trees (Lovejoy the No Jazz mix) (3:35)

8 September 2023

Streaming and digital download

Newly uploaded to streaming services as "The Trees / Sunrise EP", with a scan of the CD2 artwork; the 12th of a series of Island Records-era EPs reissued to coincide with the 2023 tour.


  1. The Trees (4:49)
  2. Sunrise (5:52)
  3. The Trees (Felled By I Monster) (5:29)
  4. Sunrise (Fat Truckers / Scott free mix) (4:07)
  5. Sunrise (All Seeing I - Middle of the Road mix) (6:09)
  6. The Trees (Lovejoy the No Jazz mix) (5:02)


The radio edit of The Trees (available on promo CDs) is compressed to run at a faster tempo, approximately 3.15% faster than the album version. The radio edit of Sunrise fades in just before the vocals start, and fades out before the second instrumental.

Sleeve notes

Go and tell it to the trees

You've been awake all night, so why should you crash out at dawn?


The release of the digital EP in 2023 was heralded by the following commentary from Pulp's social media accounts, believed to have been written by Mark Webber:

And so begins our pastoral period.

Having recovered from the maelstrom of “This is Hardcore” we took some time out to get back to nature, and tried to go back to basics. We wrote an awful lot of songs between then and the release of the next album “We Love Life”. Our first tentative steps back into the public eye were three shows performed behind a large Venetian blind in Summer 1999 that previewed a gentler, acoustic sound and a few new tunes (including “Sunrise” under its working title of “Rave Sense”). Then it took us two years to get a record together, by which time we had Scott Walker as producer.

Even before it was released, “Sunrise” quickly established itself as a live favourite at Pulp concerts, and it was reported at the time that the band turned down a huge offer from a global soft drinks corporation to license it for a commercial. It was the band’s first choice as a single but it seemed a bit too challenging to go with such a long song, half of which was instrumental. The record company were not very keen either, so we ended up with another double A-side featuring the track that they were pushing for.

“The Trees” had the working title of “Otley” after the film whose soundtrack the loop was lifted from. (In the first draft of the lyrics, this song was called “The Sun”.) With director @philharderfilms, we made a video partially inspired by techniques used in Norman McLaren’s 1968 dance film “Pas de deux”. You can watch ours on YouTube and discover the source at

Remixes of “The Trees” were furnished by @imonstermusic and Lovejoy. Fat Truckers and @allseeingiofficial were on hand to reimagine “Sunrise”.

“The Trees / Sunrise” was released across two CDs and one 12” single on 8 October 2001, with the “We Love Life” LP following a few weeks later.

Promotional video

Charts and sales

UK Singles Chart





20 October 2001



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