TRUST released Joyland on March 4th on Arts & Craft. The musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons, TRUST is a Canadian synth pop band with a strong following. And after listening to Joyland, I can fully understand the hype.
After years of extensive touring, and garnering glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, and The Guardian UK for for their first album “TRST”, the follow up album “Joyland” has been highly anticipated.
“Joyland” is an eruption of moody vocals, futuristic synth and heady lyrics that put the listener in a trance like state. The album has already received rave reviews, with the Guardian UK saying the album is a “mix of Depeche Mode-esque synth riffs mixed with Alfons’s murky baritone.”
Captitol is the show stealing song of the album, described by Gorilla Vs Bear as “ominously sulking synthpop exploding into a soaring chorus-of-the-year contender that’s cathartic and life-affirming and very hard not to spontaneously dance to every time.”
Touring the US until May with Joyland, TRUST then go on to tour Europe until June.