Surprisingly enough, finding 24 albums incoming for 2024 was pretty easy. Maybe it’s that backlog of creativity that’s still pouring out following a global pandemic or maybe it’s just timing but whatever the case may be, we like it. A lot! Especially with a bevy of the releases mentioned below popping up within the first 3 months of the upcoming new year. In fact, by the time this finally comes out the end will be here for Project 86 who release the 2nd half of their closing curtain called OMNI and, spoiler alert, it’s pretty spectacular. Also already out and worthy of your attention are the latest opuses from The Clamps who bring some fuzzed out Rawk you need to hear, the blistering devastation of Domination Campaign, and the funky frenetic chaos of No Terror In The Bang.[Read more…]
Have you ever gotten into a band at the absolute worst time possible? Like, you just fully immerse yourself in an album only to find that said band has just come through town? That’s my experience with Toronto’s Trust. Until next time then but for now I can still experience their latest album, Joyland, over and over and over again.
Somewhere between Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys with a twinge of Peter Murphy, Brad Roberts, and Sigur Ros thrown in for good measure lies Trust. They’re one of those bands that’s so good that if Joyland is your first taste of the band, you’ll be instantly inclined to go back and devour their back catalog (I did and it is soooo worth it!).
From the onset of first track “Slightly Floating”, Robert Alfons’ voice will mesmerize, hypnotize, and utterly pull you into Trust’s world. “Geryon” picks up the pace and layers on the synths bringing to mind previous album, TRST. Speaking of their stunning 2012 debut (Take a listen to “Shoom”, “The Last Dregs”, and “Sulk” please and thank you!), Joyland presents only a slight departure sonically from that album but sees Trust even more focused and driven on songwriting and structure to give listeners the most exquisite listening experience (Check out “Are we Arc?” for more on that) this time around.