I suspect that We Are Trees have just a slight love of Sixties music: ‘Piece of Plastic’ is so psychedelic that it all but paints its own fractal graphics as it plays. A sparse, deliberative verse/chorus with coarse, chiming piano and distractedly tuneful vocals gives way to bursts of threateningly insistent, whirling and looping guitar. These echoing, dark interludes, plus the slow-building middle-eight with its balance of clear, Eastern-tinted piano and jeering guitar, lift the song above the fairly standard verse and vocals and turn it into a most enjoyable listen.
Flip-side ‘Trace’ is a more straightforward space-rock number, maintaining the complexity but lacking the sense that you wouldn’t want to leave it alone in the room with your LSD stash. Which is a pity, as without the psychedelic wow-factor the We Are Trees sound feels somewhat emotionally over-simplistic and quickly wears thin, leaving the listener feeling a bit disappointed… But hey: that doesn’t make ‘Piece of Plastic’ any less enjoyable a slice of retro guitar pop, does it now? I will be keeping an interested eye on the progress of this lot...