Title - Fragments
Artist - Trifecta
For those unaware, Trifecta, a new addition to the Kscope roster, features 3 of the contemporary music scene’s most lauded and revered musicians – bassist and songwriter Nick Beggs, keyboardist extraordinaire Adam Holzman and completing the line-up, Craig Blundell – one of the world’s most celebrated drummers.
Having performed together as part of Steven Wilson’s band, the three would jam together after soundchecks, forming what they referred to as “jazz club” and from these sessions the fledgling ideas for this brand new album Fragments were born.
Nick Beggs comments after the last tour with Steven finished, we had a handful of tracks ready to work on and as we moved through our various separate projects we agreed to work on Trifecta.
The record primarily leans toward a fusion of jazz rock, imaginatively described by Beggs as Fission! It’s like Fusion but less efficient and more dangerous with fall out and being mainly instrumental with the exception of one track, the wonderfully titled and first single Pavlov’s Dog Killed Schrodinger’s Cat.
The lyrics of which, Beggs states are written from the perspective of a layman trying to understand quantum mechanics…and failing. The track also features drum programming from Russell Holzman.
Trifecta - Pavlov’s Dog Killed Schrodinger’s Cat (from Fragments) - Official Music Video
The brilliantly animated video was devised and created by Beggs himself – he comments The film clip is a new take on the lyric video concept I guess? I made it one afternoon in my home studio using my i-phone and a writing pad!
1. Clean Up On Aisle Five [03:07]
2. Check Engine Light [02:55]
3. Proto Molecule [02:20]
4. Auntie [02:57]
5. Venn Diagram [02:42]
6. The Enigma Of Mr. Fripp [02:44]
7. Sally Doo-Dally [02:54]
8. Have You Seen What The Neighbours Are Doing? [02:58]
9. The Mute Gospel [03:16]
10. Pavlov`s Dog Killed Schrodinger`s Cat [04:12]
11. Voyage Of Discovery [03:02]
12. Nightmare In Shining Armor [02:00]
13. Dry Martini [03:13]
14. Lie 2 Me And Take My Money [03:13]
15. Hold It Like That[03:28]
This highly inventive album opens on the perky flights of both Clean Up On Aisle Five and Check Engine Light and follows those up seamlessly with the easy breezy jazz club ambiance of Proto Molecule, the gently frenetic Auntie, the mid-80’s synth vibe of Venn Diagram, and then brings us two of my own personal favorites here back-to-back in the jaunty, staggered The Enigma Of Mr. Fripp and the more laid back Sally Doo-Dally.
Up next is the spikey, funky, spatial wanderlust of Have You Seen What The Neighbours Are Doing? which is in turn backed by the smooth jazz evenflow of The Mute Gospel, then comes the first single, the quietly meditative, late night autumn stroll of Pavlov`s Dog Killed Schrodinger`s Cat, the upbeat 70’s-imbibed rhythms of Voyage Of Discovery, the jazz-layered, funky, foot-tapping ebb and flow of Nightmare In Shining Armor, with the album rounding out on the methodical ebb and flow of Dry Martini, the mid-tempo, electro-jazz coolness of Lie 2 Me And Take My Money, closing on the late night, underground jazz club appeal of Hold It Like That.
Each band member completed the recording and engineering of their own contributions in their various home studios which helped in bringing their individual production ideas to each track.
Adam Holzman mixed the record at his New York home studio and the mastering was handled by Andy VanDette (Rush, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree, Beastie Boys) in New York.
The title for the debut came about as Nick Beggs explains We discussed early on, the idea of each piece having a Fragment number and track title, for example – Fragment 10 - Pavlov’s Dog Killed Schrodinger’s Cat.
As all the compositions were written as jams or in our home studios this idea seemed even more prescient. So, we titled the album Fragments.
Fragments will be released on August 20th, 2021 via Kscope on CD, black vinyl LP, ltd edition neon orange vinyl LP (exclusive to www.kscopemusic.com/store) and digitally.
Trifecta – Fragments (Album Teaser)
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