Trust - Joyland
Toronto artist Robert Alfons' first solo foray (his cohort Maya Postepski left for Austra) hits both melancholy and buoyant strides. Populated with nods to Kon Khan, sound effects (birdsong, bleeps, atonal cries), wintry strings, acidic synths, Alfons' low-register vocals and beaming beats, the album is a glowing electro reverie.
"I write music that has to be emotional, so it starts from there. That's what gets me excited to make music in the first place. I'm not a gear nerd, I'm not somebody who sits around and pours over that. I would rather write melodies and songs and build it from that point." -Alfons (of Trust)