Buzzing With Beauty and Wonder

Tree Fort Angst

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Buzzing With Beauty and Wonder Review

by Jack Rabid

Poppy, jangle pop hum-alongs will be made as long as guitars are readily available. This peppy single from a new Washington, DC-area/Maryland trio rises way above its low-tech recording deficiencies by force of hook, charm, and just enough aggressiveness to avoid preciousness. "Trampoline" contains so much warm sugar that if it were a breakfast cereal, you'd hide it from the kids (forgive me Simon & Garfunkel), and the silly waltz of "Drunk on Your Senses" makes a case for honest fun. Guitarist/singer Terry Banks has spent time in England with Sarah label stalwarts St. Christopher, but these three songs beat that better-known (slightly) outfit at its own game; for instance, Banks' voice is strong and clear (see the acoustic, bluesy "Miss You Essay") where others toeing this road have devoured themselves in too-shy quiver. Nice day-in-the-park music.