Trust Fund remind us why we got in such a slather about them in the first place!
Last year Ellis Jones AKA Trust Fund released two exceptional albums that showed that you didn’t need to be a big studio, or in tune instruments, to create music that slaps you about the face while picking you up and dusting you down at the same time. In a way it’s a shame that Jones didn’t keep Seems Unfair back until this year as its lead single Football would have been the soundtrack of the summer. But he did and ultimately we are grateful.
Jones has now released his first album of new material of 2016 titled We Have Always Lived in the Harolds. Like his previous releases it’s a rollercoaster of lo-fi sounds and confessional self-referential lyrics, with his tongue firmly in his cheek. Recorded at home in Leeds during 2016, We Have Always Lived in the Harolds has a charming lo-fi vibe to it that is refreshing in these over produced times of ours.
wwsd kicks off the album with swirling keyboards and disjointed guitars. Jones’ vocals are falsetto and fantastic. There is a feeling of disorientation quietly bubbling underneath everything. One moment its drawing you in, the next its doing your hear in and you can’t focus on it anymore. Would that be an adventure? is up next and sounds like a vocodered Gruff Rhys tackling some Paul McCartney. Everything soars and swells as the song progresses until the chorus breaks and you start to sway like loon. Melody Gloucester Pegasus is classic Trust Fund. Discordant harmonies and stark guitars. That’s it. That’s the magic formula.
Together is the closest thing that Jones has to an indie pop banger on We Have Always Lived in the Harolds. Everything shabams, pows and whizzes during its two minutes. It’s the equivalent of seeing a mate on a bad day or making it to the pub as your team’s keeper saves a shot that wins them the game. You’re filled with euphoria and glee. Whalith ends the album in a melancholic slant. While it sounds slightly downbeat, there is a vein of hope running through it, as there is with the rest of the album and this is a fitting way for it to end.
The only real downside to We Have Always Lived in the Harolds is that its only twenty minutes long. Part of me is craving for another couple of songs, but in all honesty, it’s perfectly fine the way it is. Yes it’s not as raucous and poppy as Seems Unfair, nor is it as jaded as No One’s Coming For Us, but instead its rough around the edges, like drinking a cup of tea hungover in a friends kitchen while wearing an old knitted jumper with a holes in the elbows. Jones isn’t trying to dress these songs up and he’s comfortable in our presence. How many other musicians can say that?
We Have Always Lived in the Harolds is out now and Trust Fund are on tour throughout August and September
26 Cornwall, Knee Deep Festival
27 Bristol, Roll For The Soul
28 Chatham, Riverside One Studios
29 London, The Lexington (matinee)
30 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
31 Leeds, Wharf Chambers
01 Middlesbrough, Westgarth Social Club
02 Aberdeen, O’Neills
03 Edinburgh, Opium