Trophy Wife – Bruxism (Blessing Force)
November 1, 2011 by Christina Davis
For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of listening to Trophy Wife, here’s a small introduction for you. Having fairly recently been a support act for the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals, the Oxford trio are now releasing their debut EP, ‘Bruxism’. With every track comes a different producer, leading to some interesting slants on Trophy Wife’s sound. Creating minimalist guitar/keyboard disco, Trophy Wife have presented us with more mesmerizing music to fall in love with.
‘Canopy Shade’ is the first track from the EP and introduces smooth disco sounds and romanticized lyrics such as “You came to me underneath the canopy shade/ So kiss me and leave me again”. Backed by Plaid on production, here Trophy Wife excel in creating minimal-disco-pop, with a track that is similar to the previous single, ‘Microlite’.
On title track ‘Bruxism’, the band employ James Yuill’s talents at creating hypnotic, mellow soundscapes. Complete with a cow-bell/procession break down, it’s hard to see Trophy Wife passing off any opportunity to step out of their comfort zone(s).
With ‘Seven Waves’ comes a breeze of fresh air through the haze of the EP. Possibly the most chilled out moment on here (and there are a lot of chilled out moments), this track evokes the spirit of fellow Blessing Force member, Chad Valley. However, ‘Sleepwalks’ is a slightly different affair, a claustrophobic message about the frustration of suffering from sleepwalking.
The first video single from the EP, ‘Wolf’, is produced by Foals’ Yannis Phillipakis. This slow, hypnotic track is the most engaging song to be found on this EP, and a true beacon of Yannis’ ever improving talent and prestige.
The thing that makes Trophy Wife and the EP as a whole such a brilliant and exciting prospect is that they’re already creating invigorating, unique music, despite only being introduced to us a year or so ago. Through the measured use of their talents here, Trophy Wife have created a confident and refreshing collection of songs to take them, and us, through to the new year.