The L.A.-based electronica trio called Tremble have released their much talked-about debut single, “Illumination.” The track is expected to drop on 31 October (Halloween). It is being published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Sultry, stylish, sleek and writhing with groove, “Illumination” proves that Tremble is a modern music project to watch closely.
The sound of “Illumination” is shadowy, pulsing, ultra-cool and more than a little beautiful. It’s classy nightclub music, music to enjoy behind wraparound shades. It’s music to hack computers to. It’s sexy music, with a subtle undercurrent of masculine verve beneath the crystalline, silky singing of front-woman Kelly Sweet. Tremble’s female and male traits blend rather than contrast, not unlike the electronica of Depeche Mode or Bowie’s “Earthling” collaboration with Trent Reznor.
“We are inspired by old and new,” writes Tremble. “We particularly love the ’90s trip-hop sound of artists like Massive Attack, Portishead and bands that combine real instruments and electronics from that era, like Garbage. We also love electro-pop artists of today, like James Blake, and Banks.”
This live-instrument aspect is chief to the feel of Tremble’s music. Every sound is played by a musician, not an iProgram. That’s a real Fender Rhodes you’re hearing. That’s a guitar with a pedal effect on it. Those are live drums. The natural acoustics of the music coalesce in ways the most sophisticated software can’t emulate. In this way Tremble are closer to Slowdive than they are to Sneaker Pimps.
Behind Kelly Sweet are instrumentalists Haywire and Ajax. Each of the three are originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Los Angeles for some time now, writing, playing and producing both together and in numerous side projects, a number of which have received widespread radio circulation. Each has been playing music virtually from birth. Each is startlingly skilled in balancing excellent performance with just the right amount of restraint.
The result is that Tremble’s songs exhibit good taste in every respect: lyrics, creativity, execution, studio production – name it, they got it right. Passion without melodrama, solid beats without monotony, exceptional singing without ostentation, “Illumination” from Tremble is music you can hear on repeat many, many times and continue to find new perspectives from which to thrill.
BreatheHeavy.com calls Tremble “like quickly taking a shot of neon blue hypnotic hard liquor. In slow motion.” Yeah. It’s like that.
For fans of great songwriting, too, Kelly Sweet’s talent is refreshing in a modern era that has all but tossed out poetry in music altogether.
“’Illumination’ is about escaping from a bad relationship,” Sweet writes. “You realize that your partner is not whom he says he is. You have that sense of clarity, that moment of ‘illumination’ where you are finally living your truth, being free.”
Her lyrics, like her singing, are natural and intuitive. Each phrase belongs where it is, exactly so, and the chanteuse brings them to life with tones that are sensuous and warm, yet delivered with a scalpel’s precision that implies an unwavering power. The music fan gets the impression Sweet could belt out an Ave Maria that would call angels if she wanted to – but that would be far too obvious.
Neither Sweet nor Tremble are in the spectacle business. They’re not a towering wave. They’re the undertow.
“Illumination” by Tremble is available online worldwide 31 October 2015. Get in early, music fans. Very early.
Lead Press Release Writer