Back in 2010, just as her main gig with Austra was taking off, drummer Maya Postepski joined forces with Toronto artist Robert Alfons to form Trust. The duo released their self-titled debut in February 2012, combining the provocativeness of dance-pop with the murky undertones of Goth rock for a decidedly intense and often jarring audio experience. Following a whirlwind tour, Postepski left to refocus her efforts on Austra, leaving Alfons to continue onward as a solo act. On March 4th, he’ll release the project’s sophomore effort, Joyland, via Arts & Crafts.
The album’s described as “an eruption of guts, eels, and joy,” and at least two of those sentiments are found in abundance on the album’s lead single, “Rescue, Mister”. From the first rumble of synth, it’s clear that Alfons has stripped the band of some of the seedier, more Gothic tendencies, leaving more of the sultry vibe of late ’80s house and trance music. While the combo of chirpy synths and pulsating drums is rather straight-forward, Alfons distinguishes himself with his vocal prowess, readily switching from a sensuous baritone to robotic falsetto with the greatest of ease. While Trust is seemingly delivering the same kind of emotional experience, it’s a formula that’s been retooled with extra lethal results. Listen in below.
For more sounds from the record, check out a teaser trailer below: