Crucial Blast has confirmed the impending release of the CD edition of the anticipated new album from darkwave act, TROLLER, titled Graphic. The disc version of the record follows the brand new vinyl version of the album which the band just released on their own Holodeck label, in conjunction with a bout of Springtime tour dates, the entire album and several videos from it all available for public consumption.
See’ TROLLER’s videos for “They Body” at Impose RIGHT HERE, “Not Here” at FACT Mag HERE, “Dryld” at AdHoc HERE, and “Storm Maker” at Fader HERE, and stream the entire Graphic album at Vice/Thump HERE.Crucial Blast will issue the CD version of Graphic on June 3rd; preorders have been posted HERE.
TROLLER has also announced a run of Northeastern tour dates in support of Graphic set to take place later this month. May 18th will see the tour kicking off in New York City, followed by Montreal, Pawtucket, Jamaica Plain, Portland, Easthampton, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New Freedom, before the final show in Brooklyn on May 28th.
TROLLER Tour Dates:
5/18/2016 Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
5/19/2016 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
5/2/20160 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
5/21/2016 Deep Thoughts Jamaica Plain, MA w/ Witch Dust
5/22/2016 Geno’s – Portland, ME w/ Witch Dust
5/23/2016 The Ohm – Easthampton, MA w/ Witch Dust
5/24/2016 Sugar City – Buffalo, NY
5/26/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/27/2016 The Hart – New Freedom, PA
5/28/2016 Silent Barn – Brooklyn, NY
After a nearly four year wait, Austin-based doom-laden, darkwave outfit, TROLLER, has finally returned with the follow-up to their acclaimed eponymous debut. It was there that the band introduced their lush, lugubrious sound combining heavy synths, slow-motion rhythms and haunting vocal melodies, woven into infectious, brooding blasts of darkpop perfection; the songs seemed to emanate from some cavernous subterranean chamber, drenched in reverb and surrounded by shorter pieces of bleak ambience and grinding noise. A sinister, often abrasive edge gleamed from that early material, but it also featured some of the most stunning darkwave anthems we’d heard in ages.
With their first proper full-length album, TROLLER has expanded on that sound even further, their sensuous, dread-filled pop encrusted with those huge, otherworldly synths and distorted, grinding bass roar, rumbling across crawling drum machines and washes of glacial Carpenterian electronics, gorgeously gloomy synthpop hooks gleaming in the dimly lit corners of Graphic, as Amber Goers’ soulful, utterly bewitching vocals once again haunt Troller’s tenebrous depths. Songs like “Not Here”, “Torch” and “Storm Maker” shimmer with a malevolent majesty, while elsewhere the album slips into nightmarish electronic ambience and stunning expanses of black kosmische bliss. And while the band’s noisier tendencies are more subdued this time around, there are still surges of corrosive sound throughout Graphic that materialize in dense feedback and jagged chords that are juxtaposed with the album’s more beautiful passages. Combined with their penchant for provocative imagery and apocalyptic undercurrents, this produces something far bleaker and more unsettling than anything else we’re hearing in the realm of dark synthpop right now.
Graphic Track Listing:
3. Not Here
4. They Body
5. Storm Maker
8. Drug Dog