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New Music: Trills
December 10, 2016
Having already won an award for the trailer soundtrack recorded for Suffragette, and finished a summer of playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and London’s XOYO, it is fair to say it has been an exciting start for Trills before the release of their debut EP Lacuna.
Trills are a London based, female four-piece whose spellbinding voices blend to create compelling harmonies. For their new record, the band has worked alongside maverick Swedish producer Johan Hugo (M.I.A, The Very Best, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons). The result is a showcase of emotionally wrought songwriting and instantly memorable melodies.
Lacuna opens with the powerful single Mud and Gold. Haunting vocals, subtle string compositions and a pounding drumbeat gradually build towards an epic cinematic outro. Given the massive scope of this song, it comes as no surprise that it has already been snapped up by Disney for the trailer of their summer blockbuster Pete’s Dragon.
The following two tracks Devils and Hush see the quartet go almost acapella, exposing the incredible vocal abilities this band possess. Devils gives the impression of a traditional hymn with eerie lyrics that explore themes of traditional witchcraft and devilry, ‘For the devil takes little babies and buries them in the ground.‘ Hush follows in similar suit with dark, mesmerizing synchronization. The vocals are supported with an atmospheric, slightly electronic musical backdrop that gently builds up to yet another forceful ending.
The final piece on the EP, Run Wild, is the second tune to be shared. Run Wild opens with tranquil echoing sounds accompanied with deep gospel style vocals. The hushed sound is interrupted by heavy pounding drumbeats that inject an energetic marching rhythm to the release. As the momentum builds, it charges into the chorus where the drums drop out and allow the girls’ voices to break through with gale force. They seem to blossom as it progresses, levitating above and beyond a myriad of musical layers before drawing to a close in a dramatic fashion.
The latest offering from Trills is a taste of what this gifted band has to offer. The diversity and range of abilities harnessed in their debut record demonstrates what they are capable of. Despite the early awards and recognition, I am sure that the best is still to come from Trills and hopefully they won’t keep fans waiting too long in anticipation for the release of their first album.
Words by Dean Robinson