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I absolutely love hearing new music, and when it’s new to me music that has actually been around for years I like to kick myself for not hearing of it sooner (at least if I like it I do). This is another one of those “kick me” moments, as with a quick listen to even just the first track of The Kiss That Took A Trip’s new album I am in love, and the “band” has been around since 2006. It was formed in Madrid by M.D. Trello, who is the only person in the “band” (hence my quotations). Think Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
Unlike Reznor, Trello has no intentions of taking his music on the road. That means that you shouldn’t expect to see any tours boasting The Kiss That Took A Trip on the bill. Then again, musicians don’t have to tour to make a living, even in the digital age of music.
The eccentric music from this endeavor, title Punk Cathedral, is instrumental (mostly, though not always), with sound clips added in here and there. The first song on the album, “Ambient Punk,” starts with an excerpt from a Rodney King speech. Speaking of this first song, it’s a very mellow tune with a relaxing feel. However, you’ll get a different vibe from it when you watch the video and listen to it, as the video has some intense information that will make you think (and maybe even learn).
Watch the Video for "Ambient Punk"
The Kiss That Took A Trip’s music can be described in many ways and hashtagged with many genres. It is ambient, synthpop, electronic sounds often relaxing and sometimes bordering on dance vibes. It’s meditative yet motivating and inspirational. It has a new age ambiance but a vintage 80s and 90s sound.
This is not Trello’s first album under this moniker, and it won’t be the last. He steadily puts out albums, all self-made. All fully-produced by himself. The music is existential. It’s thought provoking. It’s human. It makes you get within yourself. It is beauty, pain, feeling, happiness, and every emotion you can imagine.
Compared often to bands like Mogwai, Depeche Mode, and Bark Psychosis, Trello creates music that is sought out for by a certain fan base but has the potential to be universally recognized and is radio friendly. Another lovely thing about Trello and his music is that he “operates on a 'pay only if you wish' policy and stands for free music and Creative Commons licensing.” This isn’t about getting rich. I would still hope you’d pay something, as a creative artist’s sweat and blood went into the making of this and they deserve your recognition in more than just a free download.
Purchase the Album Here
Listening to the rest of the album is like dreaming. It’s beautifully laid out and it feels like it flows well, not going from a mellow song straight into something intense and loud. I like that the music builds slowly in the areas where it does build. After my second time listening to the album all the way through, I really can’t pick one particular song that would be my favorite. I enjoy them all and am really happy to own this album. If I had to pick a song that most intrigued me it would be “Dry Swallowed Pill.” I love that this one steps away from the instrumental sound that most of the album is filled with. The vocals are enjoyable and thoughtful. Unlike Nine Inch Nails, this music remains calm, yet intense, instead of intense with no calm.
“Trello is also behind Victorian Bug, a side project that revolves around industrial, dark ambient, noise, musique concrete and horror sounds.” I had to listen to this and fell in love with it too! If you like weird and trippy stuff, look up Victorian Bug on Bandcamp.