I’m conscious that I use the words ‘beauty’ and ‘melancholy’ quite often, probably because they’re two themes I like most in music I listen to. But, they are very apt descriptors for Gone by TR/ST.
The track comes from the first instalment of his ‘sort of double album’ The Destroyer which is a single project but one that will be come out this year as two separate releases.
Once again, he has work with Maya Postepski (Austra / Princess Century) on the upcoming albums.
For me there feels like a real tonal shift from 2014’s Joyland. The track has that same air of wistfulness and longing that was threaded through that album but there’s a more confident and lighter touch to Gone than I’ve picked up in Alfons’ previous work.
I can hear shades of early Eurodance and Italo in the mix, as well subtle array of pop hooks – something he always had, to be fair, but not as easy to detect in the mix. A slight nod to indie phrasing gives the song a real ‘sad anthem’ quality.
Most of all there’s a sense that Alfons is using his vocal range a lot more, using it to give more meaning and weight to the words. For me the previous TR/ST releases were near enough all I wanted in music that I listened to for my own pleasure.
With Gone however, the formula has changed but the music retains that singular blend of heart-breaking charm that pervades the unique sound of TR/ST.
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