TR/ST (musician)

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Trust
Trust live Durham 2014.JPG
Performing at The Pinhook in Durham on April 15, 2014
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Synthpop, dark wave
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Sacred Bones, Arts & Crafts
Associated acts Austra
Website dressedforspace.com
Members Robert Alfons
Anne Gauthier (live)
Esther Munits (live)
Past members Maya Postepski

TR/ST (previously also known as Trust) is the dark electropop project of Robert Alfons from Toronto, Canada. It began as a band in 2010 when Alfons met Maya Postepski of Austra.[1]

History[edit]

2009–2014: Formation and TRST[edit]

The pair met in late 2009, started writing songs together,[2] and formed the band in January 2010,[3] insisting that they were more than just an Austra side project.[4] The band started out with Sacred Bones Records, releasing their debut single "Candy Walls" and "Bulbform" in 2011,[5]on the strength of the former, they were signed to record label Arts & Crafts in the same year.[6]

They released their critically acclaimed debut album TRST on 28 February, 2012 on the Arts & Crafts label.[7] 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."[8]

Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork Media 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."[9] It was listed at number eight on Insound's Top Albums of 2012[10] and at number thirty-seven on Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2012.[11]

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'.[12][13]

2014-present: Joyland[edit]

Joyland was released March 2014. The album received generally favorable reviews and debuted at No. 12 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Singles
  • "Candy Walls" (2011)
  • "Bulbform" (2011)
  • "Sulk" (2012)
  • "Dressed for Space" (2012)
  • "Heaven" (2013)
  • "Rescue, Mister" (2014)
  • "Capitol" (2014)
  • "Are We Arc?" (2014)
  • "Slug" (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trust Artist Page". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (1 March 2012). "Trust » Local duo emerges from the haze with new LP". Now. 31 (1571). Toronto: Now Communications. p. 39. ISSN 0712-1326. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Bimm, Jordan (17 June 2010). "NXNE » Trust". Now. 31 (1571). Toronto: Now Communications. p. 39. ISSN 0712-1326. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Arrazola, Luis-Enrique (1 March 2012). "Trust: 'It's the sound of rats running up a mountain'". National Post. Toronto: Postmedia Network. p. Arts. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved 8 March 2012. As the duo readies for an upcoming tour with a three-piece set, Trust has established themselves as more than just an Austra side project — They insist they're here to stay. 
  5. ^ "Candy walls" (sound recording) / Trust, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, AMICUS No. 39084565, retrieved 8 March 2012 
  6. ^ Hudson, Alex (20 September 2011). "Toronto's Trust Sign to Arts & Crafts, Unveil New Single". Exclaim!. Toronto: 1059434 Ontario Inc. ISSN 1207-6600. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "TRST" (sound recording) / Trust, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 779198312, AMICUS No. 40343491, retrieved 8 March 2012 
  8. ^ Arrazola, Luis-Enrique (5 March 2012). "Concert Review: Trust come out of their shell at Wrongbar in Toronto". National Post. Toronto: Postmedia Network. p. Arts. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (28 February 2012). "Review: TRST". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Insound's Top 10 Albums of 2012". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Under the Radar's Top 50 Albums of 2012". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  12. ^ Hudson, Alex (23 January 2014). "Robert Alfons Explains Trust's Evolution with 'Joyland,' Shares New Tarantula X Remix". Exclaim!. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Coplan, Chris (7 January 2014). "Listen: Trust's provocative new single, "Rescue, Mister"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. 

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