Wednesday 05 March 2014
There’s a lot of “curating” going on these days, and although I love a love/hate/whatever relationship with that word/concept/conceit, I do have to toot my own horn about the compilations of favourite songs I put together for 2012, of which one of the highlights was the song that kicked off part three of that collection, Couriers‘ “You’ll Know Why/Movin’ On Up”.
Sadly, Couriers are no more, but in their wake comes Baby Please, featuring three members in a new setting, with a very familiar, yet grittier sound. A new four-song self-titled EP that’s available as a Soundcloud download below. Any one of these tracks could be on my compilation of favourite songs of 2014, so time will tell which one makes it. One thing for sure, though, my 2014 has been made brighter by the return of these talented musicians.
Yes, please, Baby Please!
Tuesday 04 March 2014
The most important instrument on Joyland, Trust‘s sophomore album, is Robert Alfons’ voice. Not just his physical voice, but the distinctive manner in which he shapes his music. There have only been two Trust albums so far, but already their songs are instantly recognizable. Don’t mistake that to mean Alfons’ music is predictable, though; Joyland is a masterful step up and out from the icy cool of 2012 debut, TRST.
Alfons’ vocal range gives the impression that Joyland is resplendent with multiple guest vocalists, but it’s all him. From the monotone rumblings of “Geryon” to the title track’s lofty falsettos, Alfons finds the right setting for his melodies and lets them loose to slither their way between the synthy pulses and beats of his deconstructed techno soundfields. This is music you can surely dance to, but you know deep down that dancefloor filling was never his sole intent. Joyland is rife with human feelings and fragility that some of Trust’s contemporaries never quite manage (I’m thinking of The Weeknd’s Kissland for one). That he makes the human connection in a genre not always known for warmth and soul is witness to Alfons’ abilities. Trust makes you dance, it makes you think, but best of all, it does all that while making you feel at the same time.
Joyland is out today on Arts & Crafts. For information on upcoming tour dates, check out ttrustt.com.