Forest for the Trees

Sound of Wet Paint [EP]

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It's no surprise that Beck appears as a guest vocalist on this five-song EP, since Forest for the Trees' eclectic, postmodern mix-and-match aesthetic closely mirrors that of the ubiquitous Mr. Hansen. "Wet Paint," presented here in two versions, is a perfect example of the band's modus operandi--frenetic bagpipes mix with alt-rock guitars and dance-oriented keyboards and loops. The song's lyrics serve as something of a manifesto, suggesting the painterly approach with which Forest for the Trees approaches its sonic palette.

"Jet Engine" is a dreamier, more psychedelic affair, full of atmospheric keyboards and unusual spoken word elements, but the bulk of the material here falls on the pop/dance side of the fence, however artfully constructed. The ECD portion of the disc contains some creative audio-visual elements as well.

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