JACK SAUNDERS, BBC RADIO 1: LIKE A DEVIL AND ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER
DIY MAG: GET TO KNOW FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK
CLASH: FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK'S 'GOLD' FIGHTS BACK AGAINST BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR BULLSHIT
NME: NEW BANGERS
ALT PRESS: FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK PUSHES BACK
FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK (Sean Raab) lays the groundwork for his forthcoming self-titled EP (10.28) with "SALT", a creeping, insidious earworm that explodes into exorcism via aqueous psychedelic interludes. Narrated by an AMSR-esque vocal, the abstract, image-heavy lyrics describe a harrowing but ultimately cathartic psychedelic trip during which the temporarily introverted Raab breaks from his characteristic critique of late capitalism to confront the fragility and volatility of his own mind.
"This song is very much about my conservative religious upbringing and the qualms of breaking with the beliefs of your safe haven. Internal struggles, insecurities and fear of disappointment litter the song through metaphors. It's a sonic attempt to recreate the dark and queasy alleyway off the beaten path of technicolor joviality" - Fat Trout Trailer Park
FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK (Sean Raab) is a post-punk interpretation of how people in the future would think the past sounds like.
That's what you get when you combine the bare-boned, riff-heavy structure of early-2000s rock and roll and filter it through the kaleidoscopic lens of the 2010s psych revival, and the cut-and-paste approach and visceral impact of experimental electronica and hip-hop.
The forthcoming FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK EP takes influences as diverse as Tame Impala and Death Grips and twists them into an anarchic brawl, sparing few establishment institutions in its incisive critique of modern society.
Economic and environmental violence are both a looming presence on debut single "Fatberg", the initially restrained, then untamed "Gold" and the Television-indebted "Dirty Hands". "Backseat" spirals into the hedonism that follows a episode of depression, a phenomenon recalled on the EP's final track "Wendigo", which swerves through a Jekyll & Hyde narrative that explores bipolarity and the cocktail of disbelief, guilt, regret and relief that follows a bout of mania.
"Salt", the record's sonic outlier, dives even deeper into personal history before resolving to address the FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK EP's overarching theme: 21st century disillusionment.
Reflecting on his conservative religious upbringing in Belgium, Raab cuts a figure wracked with insecurity and fear, as an ASMR-esque vocal pits viciously competing internal voices against one another.
As a collection, these six tracks introduce a self-produced musical polymath and his contribution to the resurgence and re-politicization of guitar-driven music.