This one is special – get ready to meet George White. The UK-based songwriter has released his debut LP under the pseudonym Trev and it’s absolutely stunning.
The new record is more than just a collection of songs; it’s White’s heart laid bare. He has a knack for making music as expression in it’s most pure form, a rather rare commodity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive fan of vacuous pop bangers but there’s something transcendent about an artist channelling their deepest feelings via a beautiful melody.
‘Tinkerbelle’ is a Dylan-esque journey of self-reflection, an arc which White also employs in the closing track ‘Epilogue’. This is the writing of a man who is getting to know himself, we’re listening to the pages of his harmonic journal.
‘The Things I Hate’ is a personal favourite, it encapsulates what White is all about, a beguiling blend of lyrical depth and melodic deftness; all the best parts of spoken-word and indie-pop in the same breath.
After listening to ‘Monk Days’ you’ll know more about White than you do about some of your closest friends. He opens himself up to the listener, and transports you into his world; his hopes, his fears and his most formative experiences are all contained within the album.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one as much as I did. It’s an excellent way to bring 2016 to a close and an enjoyable path to some soul searching before the new year creeps up on us.
Alex Treharne (Lex Low) is a songwriter, performer and producer based between London & Los Angeles. Covering new music is something of a passion for Lex, who is always seeking out inspiring and interesting sounds. View all posts by Lex Low