Canadian based electronic/synthpop outfit Trust will release their sophomore album Joyland on 7 Mar through Create/Control & Arts & Crafts, and from the sounds of it clubs all over the world are about to hear some distinctive beats and bangin’ tunes. Trust, aka Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski, have teamed up to deliver a set of dark synth and grungy sounds mixed with house/trance fusion in a well produced album.
Though vocally reminiscent of electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Wayne G in places, Joyland holds its own and manages to elicit a mixture of ambient, trance sounds with clear roots blooming from the debut album TRST. Opening track ‘Slightly Floating‘ is the perfect title, as it is a soothing relaxation number but moving straight into Geryon, the pace picks up and Alfons’ dance side begins to dominate. The pace slows down once again for a quick breath with Are We Arc, but Icabod resets the tone as does Loner. Alfons’ doesn’t disappoint with Rescue Mister, a single that is purely synthalicious in its form which Alfons describes as ‘”an eruption of guts, eels, and joy”.
The remainder of the album remains upbeat and evokes the head to bob and legs to want to get up and groove, and finishes aptly on a sombre note with Bonus Track Mar acting as the ‘come down’ after a sensory experience. All in all, Joyland is a great album for trance and electronica lovers that will undoubtedly ‘cop a thrashing’ on decks worldwide.
Joyland will be released Mar 7 through Create/Control & Arts & Crafts.
Reviewed by Darren Hassan