Over the course of their lush, strange album “Althaea”, London duo Trailer Trash Tracys condense a number of disparate styles into music that thrillingly broaches the void between figuration and abstraction. While undeniably beautiful and quite often infectious in parts, this is certainly not pop music by any traditional definition; rather, it appeals to the more intuitive of mind and wild at heart. More than simply becoming a philosophical exercise however, the result is their most ambitious and idiosyncratic body of work to date, one which operates at the very limits of what pop music can be.

Their debut, “Ester”, released in 2012, manifested the band’s approach to making music as a fine balance between chaos and order, laying out a dense and dreamlike ecosystem of Sufi poetry, Solfeggio scales and, floating above it all, Susanne Aztoria’s otherworldly yet emotionally charged vocals. Early singles such as “Strangling Good Guys” and “You Wish You Were Red” proved to be outliers – rather than simply making lo-fi dream pop, the band were instead aiming for something far more subconscious and esoteric.

With “Althaea”, the band continue their investigations into the farther flung reaches of pop music, with stunning results. Spanning 10 deeply esoteric tracks, “Althaea” sees the band drift further afield from traditional song structures to create a new aural lexicon of their own, one as influenced by Filipino carnival music and Latin rhythms as it was by Japanese tropical music from the 80s. Even at their most outwardly pop – the pristine “Eden Machine” for instance, or the swooning “Kalesa”, there is a baroque splendour, and heightened sensuality. The interplay of light and dark, the foreign and the familiar, brings forth an album with manifold pleasures, one which rewards repeated listening and further exploration.

Watch the video for new single “Eden Machine” below aalongside the trailer for the short film of Althaea - as premiered last week at the Whirled Cinema in Brixton.

“Althaea” tracklisting:

01 Smoked Silver          

02 Eden Machine          

03 Gong Gardens          

04 Siebenkäs                

05 Money For Moondogs  

06 Betty's Cavatina        

07 Casadora      

08 Singdrome                

09 Kalesa                      

10 100 Aspects Of The Moon

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Last month, All We Are teased their return with the blistering ‘Burn It All Out’. It was the Liverpool-based trio’s first new music since their self-titled debut in 2015 and today, they share the news about their forthcoming second album and a video for the single ‘Human’.

Sunny Hills will be released on June 9th through Domino, produced by Kwes (Solange, Kano, Loyle Carner) it finds the band with a new sense of urgency and a new sound - one that takes in psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk. 

Directed by Eoin Glaister, the video is part one of a trilogy about a small village having to face a developer building a motorway through the middle of it. At first, it causes issues between the residents but they begin to learn that by joining forces they stand a better chance against the developers. The video stars Thomas Gray as the motorway developer.

All We Are are Guro Gikling from Norway (vocals, bass), Luis Santos from Brazil (guitars) and Richard O’Flynn from Ireland (drums/vocals). It hasn’t escaped them that the world seems to be spiraling into a period of darkness and through their music; they want to say it’s ok not to belong and it’s ok to feel different.

The resulting Sunny Hills is an irresistibly danceable, dark yet uplifting record about what it means to be alive right now and the power of friendship and togetherness in a world intent on driving us apart.

The artwork echoes this sentiment, the band explain “it shows an old house sandwiched between two large buildings under development. The woman who owned the house refused to sell to a number of developers including Donald Trump. She resisted for years while the developers even bought the space above the house. She finally won the case and stayed there for a further decade until her death. Before that, she watched Donald Trump’s casino fail and close its doors. There is a feeling of powerful resistance in this story that we relate to along with a real sense of defiance and eventual victory against a bigger power.”

Whilst political, Sunny Hills also documents the emotional rollercoaster the three-piece have been on in the past two years. Their adopted city Liverpool affected the album as well, it’s “an immigrant city with a proud history of welcoming everyone” they state, it’s also a singularly radical and resistant city and the band see a parallel between today’s climate of alienation and fear and the era of Thatcher. 

Political, poetic, danceable and affirming - for all the proud citizens of nowhere, All We Are give you Sunny Hills

Sunny Hills is available to pre order on special edition vinyl with a stencilled sleeve (available at Dom Mart and independent stores), vinyl, CD and digital. Additionally, initial copies of the special edition vinyl bought from Dom Mart will be signed.

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Known for their thrilling live shows, All We Are have announced a UK tour including London’s Moth Club and have been confirmed for Glastonbury Festival as well.

All We Are live dates

30th April – Festevol Gardens, Liverpool

20th May – Royal Circus, Brussels

26th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester

27th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol

28th May – Dot to Dot Festival, Nottingham

14th June – Moth Club, London

15th June – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

16th June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

17th June – Think Tank, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

18th June – Stereo, Glasgow

21st- 25th June - Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

13th – 16th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

31st Aug – 3rd Sept – End of the Road Festival, Dorset

1st-3rd September – Electric Picnic Festival, Co Laois, Ireland

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