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Trust live Durham 2014.JPG
Performing at The Pinhook in Durham on April 15, 2014
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2010 (2010)–present
Associated acts
MembersRobert Alfons
Lia Braswell (live)
Esther Munits (live)
Maya Postepski

TR/ST (previously known as Trust) is a Canadian electronic music project of Robert Alfons. It was formed as a band in 2010 when Alfons met Maya Postepski of Austra.[7] The project has spawned three albums so far: TRST (2012), Joyland (2014) and The Destroyer – Part 1 (2019). Alfons has also produced remixes for Feist, Moby, Zhala and Jonna Lee.


2009–2014: Formation and TRST[edit]

The pair met in late 2009, started writing songs together,[8] and formed the band in January 2010,[9] insisting that they were more than just an Austra side project.[10] The band started out with Sacred Bones Records, releasing their debut single "Candy Walls" and "Bulbform" in 2011,[11] on the strength of the former, they were signed to record label Arts & Crafts in the same year.[12]

They released their critically acclaimed debut album TRST on 28 February 2012 on the Arts & Crafts label.[13] Critic Luis-Enrique Arrazola of the National Post said (of their Toronto release party), "Trust gave an outstanding performance proving that they're an act worthy of all the hype. With a set far past midnight, they're the perfect ending to a wild night in the city, taking you on a relentless trip through a set list dripping with sexual tension before winding down to the last pulses of the synthesizer."[14]

Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork rated the album 7.4 out of 10 saying "...I quite like Alfons' voice; it has a slithering, grimy quality to it that increases the raunch-factor on particularly dirty-sounding tracks like "Shoom" and "Bulbform", and when he struts his stuff on "Sulk" and "Dressed for Space", he sounds like the kind of personality-heavy singer indie culture's been hesitant to embrace over the last few years."[15] It was listed at number eight on Insound's Top Albums of 2012[16] and at number thirty-seven on Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2012.[17]

Soon after the release of the album Postepski left the band to focus on Austra's growing commitments and her own solo project 'Princess Century'.[18][19]

Since 2017, Maya has rejoined Robert to write new songs but will not appear live.

2014–2015: Joyland[edit]

Joyland was released on March 3, 2014 by Arts & Crafts. The album received generally favorable reviews. MusicOMH gave it a score 4 out of 5, describing the album as doing an "excellent job of sharpening and streamlining Trust’s sound into something even better than that displayed on the debut."[20] The album debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[21]

It was promoted by three singles: "Rescue, Mister" accompanied by a music video directed by Sabrina Ratté,[22] "Capitol" with a music video directed by Will Joines,[23] and "Are We Arc?" accompanied by a music video directed by Malcolm Pate.[24]

On March 13, 2015, Alfons released the single "Slug".[25]

2016–present: The Destroyer[edit]

In Summer 2016, Robert Alfons confirmed that the upcoming third studio album was "being finished late last month". The album was set to be released in 2017 but the release date was delayed.[26] The album was created in a 150-year-old farmhouse near the north of Toronto and in Los Angeles.[27][1]

On July 14, 2017, Robert Alfons released "Bicep", the first single promoting the upcoming album.[28]

On December 6, 2017, the artist premiered music video for "Destroyer". The clip was directed by Justin Tyler Close and Ryan Heffington[29]

In 2018, TR/ST collaborated with singer ionnalee on the song "Harvest" for the album Everyone Afraid to Be Forgotten.

On February 5, 2019, TR/ST released a video for the single "Gone" and announced an upcoming two-part album The Destroyer, with a release date of April 19, 2019 for the first collection of songs, followed by three singles, "Unbleached", released in February "Grouch", released in March and "Colossal", released in April.[1][30][31][32]

On July 25, 2019, Robert Alfons released the second single, "Iris", off his fourth studio album The Destroyer (Part 2). The track was produced by Alfons, mixed and additionally produced by Damian Taylor and live drums were played by Lia Braswell.[33] On the same day, the artist announced the release of the album, release date and artwork credits via Instagram with the digital pre-order being available on iTunes.[34][35]


Robert Alfons (born April 11, 1987)[36][37] is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer of TR/ST from Winnipeg, Canada.[38] His voice has been described as "soul-piercing" and having a "slithering, grimy quality."[38][39]

During live performances, Alfons is accompanied by Lia Braswell (before 2019, it was Anne Gauthier) and Esther Munits that play drums and keyboards respectively.[40]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: March 4, 2014
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
The Destroyer (Part 1)
The Destroyer (Part 2)
  • Released: November 1, 2019
  • Label: Grouch, Royal Mountain
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download


Title Year Album
"Candy Walls" 2011 TRST
"Sulk" 2012
"Dressed for Space"
"Heaven" 2013
"Rescue, Mister" 2014 Joyland
"Are We Arc?"
"Slug" 2015 N/A
"Bicep" 2017 The Destroyer – Part 1
"Destroyer" The Destroyer – Part 2
"Gone" 2019 The Destroyer – Part 1
"Control Me"
"Iris" The Destroyer – Part 2


Title Year Artist
(Trust remix)[41]
2012 Feist
"The Perfect Life"
(Trust remix)[42]
2013 Moby
"Aerobic Lambada"
(TR/ST remix)[43]
2015 Zhala
"Not Human"
(TR/ST remix)[44]
2017 ionnalee


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