Sheena Easton’s “Sugar Walls” was a sexy song. TRUST’s “Candy Walls” is, too, but it requires closer listening. We’re told when the Toronto duo (and Crystal Castles and Egyptrixx pals) formed in 2009, they focused on “nostalgia, lust, and erotomania.” (An earlier track’s titled “Gloryhole,” Jamie Gillis fans.) On their debut 7″ they keep that dark, “dirty” energy in place and add a bunch of hooks, an ability/knack that separates them from a lot of folks associated with the word “witch.” Sonically, Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski combine patient, layered synthesizers, live and programmed drums, and processed vocals with a deep sense of spacious, catchy melody. The NSFW cover art, which you’ll spot after the jump, has a sort of humor to it, but their pop’s enjoyably dark and straight-faced. Listen:
“Candy Walls” b/w “Trinity” is out 3/29 via Sacred Bones. The label will feature a new unreleased track on an upcoming Record Store Day compilation. Also, look for an Eva Michon-directed video and remixes by Crystal Castles associate Mikey Apples and White Car. An LP’s due later in 2011 They’re making their USA debut via a couple of shows at SXSW, including our collaboration with Sacred Bones and Chaos In Tejas. They also have a NYC show in there with BTW Silk Flowers.
03/15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Elysium) %
03/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Stereogum/Sacred Bones/Chaos In Tejas Party @ Beerland)
04/20 – New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home (Record release party @ Wierd)
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coco 66 #
% w/ Psychic TV
# w/ Silk Flowers
[Band photo by Kate Young]
UPDATE: Here’s that video.