Trupa Trupa - Of the Sun LPLovitt Records
Almost every song on Of The Sun-the magnetic fifth album from the Polish quartet TRUPA TRUPA-lands like an anthem, with barbed hooks driven by an italicized rhythm section and a chimera of crisscrossing harmonies. Throughout it's propulsive 12-song sequence, this is an album that never let's up. From the relentlessly pulsing "Long Time Ago" to the deep glisten of "Longing," Of The Sun is an unbroken string of hits in Trupa Trupa's idiosyncratic, self-made universe. The setting of Gda?sk is a crucial philosophical and aesthetic touchstone for Trupa Trupa. A city with a convoluted history of German and Polish rule and self-sovereignty, it is itself a living testament to the turnover of human toil. Of The Sun is a portrait of great effort and pathetic failure, of strain sublimating into nothing. Along with the notions of Beckett, hints of Syd Barrett, and the knotty complications of Wire, these emotions ripple through Of The Sun, a radiant album about the damnation of mortality. Trupa Trupa has grown inordinately in both confidence and execution during the last half-decade. Spurred on by a democratic process, where no one is the real leader and all ideas and influences are funneled into the same rich sound, Trupa Trupa channel a multiverse of feelings into captivating four-minute spans. Throughout Of The Sun, they stare into the dark and summon a light of their own, making the struggle feel not just tolerable but deceptively triumphant. Of The Sun was recorded, produced and mixed by Michal Kupicz during October and November 2018 in Gda?sk, Poland at Custom 34 studios.