Tr/st - The Destroyer - 1

Tr/st

The Destroyer - 1

Release date: April 19, 2019
Label: House Arrest
House Arrest's newest artist TR/ST (pronounced "Trust") who is releasing their two part full length album with House Arrest on their label Grouch. "The giant agaves outside my home only bloom every 20 or 30 years years. Being around that was a powerful lesson in slowness. And in tenacity." Robert Alfons says that accepting a radical change of pace was key in making The Destroyer, his new album under the moniker TR/ST.In the five years since releasing Joyland, TR/ST's last full-length album, Alfons wrote and recorded songs in a farmhouse in southern Ontario and in Los Angeles-where he has relocated-and worked with an all-star cast of collaborators.Maya Postepski, Alfon's collaborator on the 2012 Juno Award-nominated debut TRST, co-wrote and co-produced six of the album's songs, and Alfons worked with co-producers Lars Stalfors and Damian Taylor to refine the album's sound. But he found the key ingredient to creating the driving, anthemic songs on the album-which will be released in two parts; the first on April 19, 2019 and the second in November, 2019-was patience. "The environment I work in has always guided me. But it took a long time to submit to the kind of patience these songs were asking of me. I was getting glimpses of what I wanted to achieve with the album," he says. "But it wasn't feeling cohesive; things weren't aligning in a clear direction." Alfons realized it was a question of patience and perseverance. "My first two records were put out so close to one another that I think of them as one," he says, "They just poured out of me." With The Destroyer, the process was entirely different. "It was so much more careful. I found myself seeking spaces of absolute quiet; I needed them in order to hear what was going on inside.""Iris," the first song Alfons wrote for the album, began to take shape near the end of 2014, just before Alfons moved to Los Angeles. He credits the city with contributing greatly to the album. "It's this huge, polarized, frantic place, bursting with sound," he says, "But it c

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