Trust Collective mini-showcase
Trust Collective are a new tape label from America, operating in the fields of noise, power electronics, ambient, and experimental. Having only been operating since 2019, they have already amassed over 40 releases, with tapes issued in small batch print runs but backed up with an online digital availability. Following below is a brief rundown of a couple of recent label releases which are of the more ambient and experimental variety.
Anasisana – Perfect Stranger MC Trust Collective 2020
Being wholly unaware of Anasisana prior to this tape, they appear to be a young project with a handful of releases since 2018. Perfect Stranger is a short four-track tape of melancholic drone and drift, ambient-framed electronic music. Across the four compositions the slow shifting sustained melodies articulate a late-night mood of dour contemplation. Those melodious elements are further backed by a subtle drift of field recordings, subdued atonal textures, and even treated spoken vocals in one track. With a short runtime this tape leaves me wanting more, and is a good example of modern ambient electronic; current material on the Posh Isolation label would be a logical comparison to make.
Volunteer Coroner / Yolabmi – split MC Trust Collective 2020
On this split tape Volunteer Coroner leads and takes up Side A with the single lengthy track Moments Measured By Grief. As might be suggested by the title, it has a melancholic mood where the slow and minimal synth melody is both fragile and gloomy. From mid-track onwards an undercurrent of crumbling static is revealed yet remains as a separate sonic element which never overtakes the primacy of the main melody line which is an achingly bleak composition. Yolabmi take up Side B with the single track Breathe, an experimental sound collage-type composition. As such tonal fragments are added and subtracted in quite an academic fashion, there is a loose progression to the sound which is sonically clean but supported by a vague aquatic churn. Yet, from mid-track a minimalist drone appears that provides tonal focus around which the other sound textures are framed. Although both sides of the tape are completely different from one another, if I were to play favorites, given my own sonic preferences the Volunteer Coroner track is the pick of this tape.
White Stains – Beauty & Structure MC Trust Collective 2020
No, this is not the early 1990s Swedish experimental band White Stains with links to Genesis P-Orridge. Rather, this White Stains is the solo project of Belgian Koenraad Impens who has issued a clutch of tapes since 2018. Five tracks and approximately 20 minutes of material feature on Beauty & Structure, which sonically delivers cinematic synth-driven electronic music with a strong sci-fi bent. Moody sci-fi tinged melodies float and drift, while a mid-paced programmed rhythmic beat pulls the compositions ever forwards. Intriguingly, opening track Silence Observed on Side B features an almost minimalist dungeon synth atmosphere, yet soon enough the programmed rhythmic beat element returns on Neon Streams Are Almost Transparant Now to push the mood back towards a cinematic sci-fi sound. All in all, Beauty & Structure delivers an enjoyably moody respite from the harsher bluff and bluster of the underground material typically covered in Noise Receptor Journal.
Ybalferran – Inflorencense MC Trust Collective 2020
Yet another obscure and previously unknown project for me, the seven compositions of Inflorencense deliver droning synths and experimental soundscapes. With a vaguely sub-orchestral tone, the deep synth drones either drift along or function in broader structural loops, with other shimmering and sweeping sounds taking up the mid to higher sonic register. Select tracks do register a lower bass tone rumble, along with occasional vaguely rhythmic textures but these mostly sit within the background, and with a generally slow forward pace, the tracks slowly morph and evolve in a moody experimental way. The final track Fields Of White Lichen stands apart from the rest, given that it features a musically-focused synth melody and spoken vocals. Given its slightly abstracted experimental approach to composition, my overriding impression of this tape is that it is decent enough and certainly enjoyable to listen to – nothing more, nothing less.