The Line of Best Fit Gives Trust’s ‘Joyland’ 7.5 Stars

7.5/10 stars

Trust’s album ‘Joyland’ was mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio in Montreal.

From The Line of Best Fit:

Joyland, the new album from Canadian electro project Trust, opens with shimmers of spectral keyboards, free of any grounding besides the subterranean baritone of singer/producer Robert Alfons. The song is called “Slightly Floating,” an apt name for the track’s ephemeral mood. Indeed, the song’s gauzy, lighter-than-air glimmering arrives as a red herring when taken in context of the rest of Joyland, an album otherwise singularly concerned with direct, compact club music. In an interview with Exclaim, Alfons attributed the propulsive energy of Joyland to a desire to capture the kinetics of the live show. In that sense the album absolutely succeeds, offering eleven variations on dance-floor digital aerobics, all of which inarguably operate as effective body music, even if they perhaps could have used some of the impressionist light touch of “Slightly Floating,” a song used more as credit-roll mood-music than a real part of the action. When Alfons commits fully to the energies of forward-motion, Joyland rises and falls with the opportunities for melodic brilliance that Trust either grasps hungrily, or passes by, uninterested.

Read the full review at The Line of Best Fit.

Consequence of Sound Gives Trust’s ‘Joyland’ Positive Review

Trust - Joyland

Trust’s new album Joyland was mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio in Montreal.

From Consequence of Sound:

What does it mean to “joy” in sound? To “joy” in music? Alfons, again, given his contextual genre, proposes an ironic question. The androgyny that smothered TRST is exchanged on Joyland for an intensified ambiguity bathed in technological sentiment. The new record’s album artwork, an overwhelming black image whose blue and red dashes and lines create a tunnel of endless darkness, highlights the progress Alfons has made in abandoning the superficiality of TRST for something truer to the nature of emotional darkness: subjective inexactness and uncertainty of meaning. This obscurity in Joyland’s journey into blackness cleverly contradicts its implications of “joy,” a state of self-assurance and happiness.

“Lost Souls/Eelings” answers “Rescue, Mister” with contrasting, bouncing synths, long ambient fadeouts, and imagery of “eelings.” An “eeling,” perhaps, is a “feeling” with the direct connotation of snakelike, slimy eels? Whatever an eeling is, it’s the perfect made-up word of choice for the place called Joyland, a world that Alfons has so masterfully crafted. “It’s never what I wanted it to be,” he says on closer “Barely”; he’s as close to joyous as possible in a depthless, dark soundscape where we’re really never quite happily satisfied, or arc’ed, so to speak.

Read the full review at Consequence of Sound.

PREMIERE: Middle Class Rut’s “Pick Up Your Head (Damian Taylor Mix)”

Middle Class Rut "Pick up Your Head" Damian Taylor Remix

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From Bjork to Prodigy, producer Damian Taylor has worked with his fair share of unique artists. Now he has brought us the crunchy remix of the title track off of Middle Class Rut’s album Pick Up Your Head. The duo of Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham that make up Middle Class Rut. They put out their sophomore release last summer, and after stints opening for bands like Social Distortion, Muse and Alice in Chains, they’re headlining their own tour.

For more and to listen, visit the Village Voice.

Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters reviews new Trust album, mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio

Jake Shears reviews Joyland

“Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner played me Trust for the first time off his ear buds in a restaurant in SoHo a couple years ago. I’ve been listening ever since. So needless to say, I’d been heavily anticipating the release of Joyland, and I’m thrilled to say it’s an incredible record.”

“The hooks are strange, but they come in abundance. Every song has icy synth jabs, rhythmic stutters and beautiful, uplifting melodic motifs that beg to be replayed. Some moments bring to mind the majesty of the Sisters of Mercy, or the machinations of classic KMFDM. It’s a creepy, hauntingly addictive dance record. And damned if I’ve heard anything I like more in a long time.”

Read more of what Jake has to say at TheTalkhouse.

Roman Remains “Zeal” mixed by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio out March 4th

Romain Remains - Zeal

Made up of Liela Moss and Toby Butler (from The Duke Spirit), Roman Remains is the London/LA duo’s new side project. Written on the road and recorded during a break in the band’s touring schedule, this debut album was mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, UNKLE, Austra) and explores darker forms of dance music, influenced by industrial, goth and electro.

For more and to preorder, visit Hype Machine and Roman Remains official website.