Trails and Ways

Trails and Ways

"Temporal, the second EP from Oakland-based DIY-pop quartet Trails and Ways, is a startling — and startlingly impressive — sophomore release: unique and ambitious and freighted with potential, at once dense and delicate, deftly combining disparate genres and dozens of instruments to create a sound that's hard to categorize and equally hard to forget....Temporal manages to invoke sounds as disparate as bossanova, afrobeat, calypso, and jazz, often in the same song; it's telling that the band has a broad range of influences, including Animal Collective, Bon Iver, Thelonius Monk, Drake, Paul Simon, and, especially, tUnE-yArDs." --East Bay Express

"Body Parts mobilizes a singularly elegant experimental pop idiom to explore the contours of modern devotion and doctrines of self-improvement alongside the immoderate reverberations of remembrance. Weaving together influences as varied as the rationalist prescriptions of the self-made seeker-healer- Scientology mastermind L. Ron Hubbard, the sensual guitar-scapes of Prince, and the haunting vocals and surrealist melodrama ofKate Bush, Ryder Bach and Alina Cutrono form the group's core. Less life coaches and more exquisite shamans, Bach and Cutrono announce attentively written modern mantras in strikingly rich and complex vocal harmony. Bach's lyrics pit the therapeutic logic of contemporary self-help narratives against the persistence of the more ancient and uncontrollable imperative of fate.

In addition to nimble guitar work and impeccable vocals, Bach and Cutrono bring years of experience in theater, dance, and performance to the front flank of Body Parts' robust live show and captivating music videos. The vital rhythmic infrastructure and frankly infectious groove found both live and on the album comes thanks to the formidable duo of Raymond Proudfoot, bass and Taylor Dexter, drums. Newcomer Derek Coburn on keys and synthesizer completes their superlative live sound.

The late modern drama of their debut album, Fire Dream, out October 29th viaFather/Daughter Records, has its genesis in an enduringly powerful nightmare in which Bach witnessed the murder of his parents at the hands of a close friend. Dealing less with the dream itself than with the inescapable influence of the fabricated memory over lived reality, the album moves the listener carefully through the terrain of the misremembered, forgotten, and unforeseen. Fire Dream delivers a delightful mix of brightly ominous and sensitively textured, biomechanical dance tracks and more earthly, emotive ballads. The sonic depth and diversity of Bach's composition, arrangement, and production of this consummate suite of music emerges by virtue of Proudfoot's engineering prowess and the expert mixing of Eric Palmquist. Trying to resist the tidal pull of Fire Dream's peculiarly beautiful world would be like trying to beat fate."

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Trails and Ways with Body Parts

Thursday, June 6 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Bootleg Bar

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