Trench Party - Kitchen (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Trench Party

Kitchen (2010)

Terminal Detour

It seems that Trench Party is actually the moniker for this one dude, Jake Cook, and his solo musical outlet. He's released a shitload of EPs, seemingly all of them homemade and DIY to some extent or another. Take a wild guess where he did this one.

There's, of course, a consequential warm, humming, lo-fi quality to these songs, but it's not really what makes Kitchen a middling effort. The songs dabble in this really straightforward singer-songwriter territory, and while it's not directly derivative of any influences, there's nothing that really stand out about them. Cook just rolls through these tracks with a lower register and daunting languidness.

It's just these linear narratives that don't really go anywhere. It's okay to forgo verse/chorus structure, but these are just paragraph blocks delivered forgettably. "In My Country There Is Problem," I have to assume, is some sort of weird anti-immigration satire, and there's an awkward embrace of death in "May I Have This Dance?". You can never quite tell when he's being serious, and there's really little-to-no dynamic in his voice or (mono)tone delivering the lyrics anyhow. Things don't really change when he opts for a cover of Bracket's "Sour," save a few melodic upswings that he didn't really write himself anyway. Closer "CAPS LOCK: For Emphasis" provides a few glimmers of hope by way of a temporary rythmic or melodic change. I'm not really sure which; it's just so brief but practically hooky in comparison to everything else here.

In the bio info given here, Cook boasts of having recorded a variety of genre-spanning styles over the course of his young musical exploration: "instrumental thrash" and "bright, lush indie pop," possibly among others. I'm not sure why he chose to record some boring, homemade acoustic songs in that case.

Trench Party Is a Cult Classic!