Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Bulbform” by Trust from the 2012 album TRST on Arts & Crafts.
goth-electronica (dare I say witch house) band Trust follows the same trail into a dark forest as acts like Pictureplane and Crystal Castles. Their mixture of 80s acid house and muted goth make for a spooky clubbing experience, but it’s an enjoyable one. Robert Alfons’ voice is a pained moan only slightly louder than the synth textures going on around him. All in all, listening to Trust is somewhat akin to walking through a rave-themed haunted house, with a creepy narrator to guide your way.
“Bulbform” is easily of the best offerings from their debut album, Trst. Somewhat akin to “Baptism” by Crystal Castles, the song features a disco house beat from hell and synthesizers piled with creepy tremolo. The track doesn’t rush, and it’s not begging to be a club regular. Rather, it’s a danceable journey through Alfons’ brain. Also, there are some pretty noticeable nods to acid house and electronic classics if you can catch them. Altogether, it’s the perfect soundtrack to a night drive through the rain or sketchy basement parties (if you are into that sort of thing).
Those of you in the Seattle area are in luck: Trust will be performing live at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 20th. If you want to see them, get tickets soon because it’s going to sell out. For now, grab “Bulbform” above, check out the rest of Trst here, and follow them of Facebook. Also, watch the video for “Bulbform” below: