Astro-soul, acid R&B, subterranean trip-hop with a lemon twist… Regardless of how you choose to classify The Trp’s music, “Soak” – the outfit’s debut project – is firmly making the point that every preceding single of theirs strongly hinted at; there’s no point in trying to classify The Trp.
Leading up to the release of “Soak,” songs like “Lavender” and “before you know it” caught our attention in the haziest of ways. As the project kicks off with “Bloom” and “Treasures”, there’s an instant realization that, while the constant ambience and controlled confusion that The Trp have quickly become known for is as present as ever, the psychedelic experience of their music is about to hit its peak.
While staying within the confines of their own sound might be a limiting factor for a lot of artists, The Trp have a style so expansive that they manage to explore the universe without ever sacrificing a shred of their identity.
All in all, though, “Soak” is a strong, true-to-self, explorative debut that infuses R&B with just about as much psychedelia as it can handle. Should The Trp continue to find ways to make music that sounds like it’s working its way around the outer edges of the solar system, they’ll continue to blow our minds.