Poison Arrows Trailer Park

Poison Arrows Trailer Park
Mixing strong songwriting with abstract sound and laptop-induced feedback, Trailer Park EP is both a compelling and confusing listen. At times, the white noise of the songs washes over you in an almost comforting fashion; at others, you are forced to fight your way through the sound to get to the song itself, an act that is rewarded by a collection of songs as excellent as they are bizarre. The album’s opening title track is akin to an Oasis b-side stripped of all its guitars, bass and drums, which have, in turn, been replaced by a down-tuned glitch beat and ethereal keyboards. The strength of the melody remains the same, but it floats alone in a sea of disconnected sound. With "We Take,” the actual song itself seems to be struggling through a sea of ones and zeros to reach the surface, and when it does, the result is breathtaking. Like a Chemical Brothers collaboration gone terribly wrong, the track resembles the sound of a hard drive dropping on the ocean, only to be resurrected and salvaged. While the song "Trailer Park” is included twice, the vastly different interpretations and mixes make for excellent book ends to a wonderful and challenging release. (File 13)