The Trudy – ‘Outside Time’ EP

A new mini-album from London-based band The Trudy, Outside Time is titled aptly — capturing a vein of rock that feels timeless in its mixing of dreamy vocal hypnotics and rousing rock satiation. The project has been around in some iteration since 1979, and presently comprises Melissa Jo Heathcote (vocals), Del Tagg (guitar), and Peter Tagg (drums).

“Where the Roses Grow” engrosses in its gradual escalation from haunting introspection to psych-friendly rock rousing. Ghostly guitar twangs and solemnly beautiful vocals strut a timeless-feeling momentum, driving into a title-touting “where the roses climb,” sequence with distorted guitar crunches. The second half dazzles in its woodwind flourishes and surf-y guitar effects, showcasing The Trudy’s enduring stylistic appeal, evident throughout the mini-album.

The ensuing “Dear Sancho” hypnotizes with suave guitar stylings and sporadic key pulses, escalating to a dreamily soaring mid-point with textured rock enamoring amidst wordless vocal passion. The band’s knack for beautifully evolving structural momentum, and culminating spaciousness, is fully evident on surefire successes like “Where the Roses Grow” and “Dear Sancho.” Moving further, the peppy rock charisma and “Pop Pop” and the quaint instrumental rocker “Arrival” cap off the mini-album in strong form; Outside Time is a standout success from The Trudy.

“Where the Roses Grow” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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