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Trust | Trust

album review by John Powell

Trust | Trust

Few albums melt your heart the way Trust does. Simple, beautiful, and elegant, this music transcends genre, defies modern definitions of what makes music “good”, and is, in all regards, a must-have album.

Bold statements, I know, but this entirely instrumental album was meant to showcase African instruments other than the drums- by far the most recognizable African musical sound, which is saying a lot because Africa is a very large country. Instead, Trust focuses on guitar, kalimba, accordion, bass, etc., removing the thumping of percussion and leaving these melodic, gorgeous sounds.

Each track has similar set-up, acoustic guitar finding a pretty groove, everything from flute to trumpet riffing in the melody, and everything poly rhythmic, tempered, and lush. “Sunday Morning” is just that- the perfect song to start the day. It might as well beam sunshine out of your speakers. Gloriously understated, flute is utilized perfectly here, and electric and acoustic guitars play together in the background.

“Girl Grown Up” takes on a reggae rhythm, minus the one-drop, making for an almost Hawaiian sound. “Wise Man’s Story” is sparse and like a wingspan in slow motion, the documentary of beauty.

None of the songs sound like anyone’s soloing. The songs are arranged nicely. Tony Cedras leads the way, playing most instruments, and Samite is noted for his contributions too. A score of guest musicians bring in cello, penny whistles, and piccolo. While every song has similar vibes, unique instruments and slight variations in tempos create a full-bodied album.

Songs like “Infatuated” sound especially “African”, due to the kalimba, but overall the album doesn’t have a strictly world beat sound- likely because there’s not a whole lot of beat. Percussion shows up on “Wise Man’s Story”, but nothing big. The group’s conscious efforts to showcase the instruments without overdoing them succeeds incredibly well.

Best yet, all proceeds from album sales go to Musicians for World Harmony- which really speaks for itself. There’s nothing selfish about this album. It’s all about making something that sounds pretty, and could easily become one of your favorite albums, something you revisit time and time again because, more than anything, it is timeless music. You can Trust me on that.

Bottom line: An absolutely beautiful album of instrumentals that showcase African musicianship other than drums.


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