Shortly after Bringing the Backline’s release, Jones announced that for various non-dramatic reasons it would be Trust Fund’s final record. For anyone who’d listened to the album, the news would hardly be surprising. If these songs have an overarching theme, it’s how deeply disenchanted Jones feels with making music. Other times, he sounds as if he’s accepting defeat. Occasionally his lyrics convey nothing short of despair. In the end, though, he can’t help but reflect on his time as Trust Fund with wit and good humor: The best thing about touring is a week in a van with your friends, he kids on King of CM. The worst thing about touring is a week in a van with your best friends. You get the sense that however badly Jones may miss life in the studio and on the road, he will miss these opportunities for dry punchlines and trenchant witticisms more than anything.
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Bringing The Backline’ is the final Trust Fund album. Since 2013’s ‘Don’t Let Them Begin’, Jones has released four flawless albums, but he’s decided to end the project. This is an even more bitter pill to swallow given how strong and enjoyable ‘Bringing The Backline’ is. The only silver lining is we probably won’t have to wait long to hear Jones’ next project.
Trust Fund, aka Ellis Jones, has released the follow-up to 2016’s We Have Always Lived in the Harolds. Comprised of 10 tracks, the album includes the breakup single Carson McCullers. News of Jones’ fifth studio album was announced in May this year. On the Bandcamp page, Jones describes the nature of the album as containing lyrics touching upon the now-classic TF themes of listlessness, disavowal, and the fetishisation of regret, with details specific enough to feel frank and confessional, yet non-specific enough to allow for the listener to substitute in their own life experiences
Bringing the Backline. This album has an average beat per minute of 134 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 102/171 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist Bringing the Backline. BPM Profile Bringing the Backline. Album starts at 144BPM, ends at 102BPM (-42), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Trust Fund. We Have Always Lived in the Harolds. No one's coming for us".
Bringing The Backline is an album about making music and having feelings and struggling with both. Sonically speaking, you could throw references like Belle and Sebastian, Fevers and Mirrors-era Bright Eyes, Nick Drake, Weezer and Big Star into the mix and they would all have a lifespan of a few seconds before falling short. Bringing The Backline is self-referential but the humour is often a veil for sincerity, not the absence of it.
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From BandCamp release notes: - 10 songs, in the keys of G, A(?), E, F/G, C, E again, G again, A#, E again, and D. - a full and uncompromising turn towards adult-oriented rock, including 78 seconds of audible clarinet - tempos ranging from 85 to 190 bpm, including three songs conducive to movement or dance - lyrics touching upon the now-classic TF themes of listlessness, disavowal, and the fetishisation of regret, with details specific enough to feel frank and confessional, yet non-specific enough to allow for the listener to substitute in their own life experiences - several 'fake-outs', 'ad libs', and an assortment of 'musical jokes' - an increase in song-length across the board - extensive use of the 'mothership' guitar pedal
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