This new single by Gdansk-based four-piece Trupa Trupa bears all the hallmarks of their distinctive style – repetition, a tightness of arrangement, searing guitar, haunting vocals and enigmatic lyrics. Starting with a simple drum beat that’s soon joined by a fluent bass line before the vocals come in, it’s very repetitive but this is part of its charm. It lulls you in and after it’s finished you find that you have the tune going through your head. During its four minutes the sound builds with guitars and multi-layered vocals being added to the basic rhythm and then a strong guitar line echoes the bass. Lyrically, it remains an enigma with much repetition of lines such as “No one, no way, no one…” and “I dream about, I dream about, I dream about…”. Exactly what’s being expressed is unclear – and perhaps it isn’t intended to be clear – but it certainly sounds good.
Trupa Trupa comprises Grzegorz Kwiatkowski on lead vocals and guitar, Wojtek Juchniewicz on bass, Tomek Pawluczek on drums and Rafal Wojczal on synths and lead guitar. They’ve so far produced four albums, the latest being Jolly New Songs in 2017.
Newly-signed to the Sub Pop label and with three shows at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, in mid-March and dates in other countries coming up, things are looking bright for this infectiously gloomy band. They’ve played twice in London in recent years and hopefully we’ll be seeing them again in 2019.
You can find more information on www.trupatrupa.com and watch the video for ‘Dream About’ on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/trupatrupa/