Trokya

Composer(s):
Assorted
Performer:
Chris Montague (guitars), Kit Downes (organ), Joshua Blackmore (drums)
Label:
Edition Records
Catalogue Number:
EDN1014
Performance:
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Sound:
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3
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine

This lauded trio has music journalists reaching for their thesauruses, but let’s settle on something like ‘trip-hop influenced grunge fusion’ for now. This is a sensibly restricted 45 minutes of churning, gut-felt stuff that growls and snaps like a short-tempered bear.

The band has clearly got one sound and it’s going to use it, but the music’s a victim of the recorded sound – oddly claustrophobic given that this is a band that would sound wonderful in a huge, clattery space. And while I’m a fan of the slipped harmonic anchor afforded by the lack of a conventional bass instrument, seemingly compensating by upping the bass on everything else is just dull.

Nevertheless, there’s an extraordinary stylistic identity present here, and I suspect that their second album will be closer to a defining statement. Roger Thomas

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