Put Ears On Yourself is a new series of 7″ singles compiled by Art Is Blind Records featuring four bands from the UK and Ireland, each with limited edition cover art designed by budding artists. One of the featured bands on the first volume is Ellis Jones’ scraggly, prolific indie rock act Trust Fund. Their contribution, “Splitter,” is a lo-fi rush of calming layered vocals and distorted fuzz, with record-mates Milk Crimes chiming in on call-and-response backing vocals. “Splitter” is a wholesome track about sharing songs on a coach ride, a loving companion that explains, “I tried so hard to make it a normal day for you.” Between the hypnotic buzz of the bass and the warm content (“If you want me to come home/ Just say it and you’ll never be alone”), it’s a song that’s comfortable to get wrapped up in. Jones offers some backstory on how it got that way:
“Splitter” was mostly recorded in 2014 — I played guitar and drums, and Stefano played the bass which is why it’s extra fresh. It was going to be the b-side of “Cut Me Out,” but then I guess that song never came out as a single. Then in 2016 the band Milk Crimes came down to my basement and laid some sweet harmonies over it. Ellie left her reduced-price fake meats in our freezer and I was super excited but then they remembered and came back for them and that was a bad time for me. The song is about the “splitter” adapter which means that two or more people can listen to music from one headphone jack. It could be argued that the song is therefore also concerned with the role of technology in mediating human intimacy. It has a sick guitar solo.
01 Milk Crimes – “I’ll Be Back Soon”
02 Trust Fund – “Splitter”
03 Sissy – “Nice Guy”
04 Lower Slaughter – “Tied Down”