In the Post #95: Trophy Wife’s Jody Prewett premieres an acoustic version of new song ‘Hold On’

By on Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 3:00 pm

The love affair I have with Oxford “ambitionless office disco” trio Trophy Wife is probably the strangest one I’ve had in my career as a music blogger. Although I’ve written about them numerous times since their first single ‘Microlite’ was released in autumn 2010, I’ve never had the pleasure to see them live, so it’s like I’m grasping every little nibble I can from this side of the Atlantic to feed my addiction. Hopefully though, this sad state of affairs will change soon, as they revealed earlier this month that their debut album’s release is on the horizon, and have been releasing video clip teasers, one a week, on their Tumblr, in a sort of collage format that will reveal what I am presuming is the cover art for the album.

Today marks the release of an acoustic version of ‘Hold On’ (with the subtitle ‘Summer Leaks In’ on YouTube) by singer Jody Prewett. Oh my word. The latest piece of their new album to be revealed was filmed in near darkness with Prewett singing along to spare chords on his guitar, lit from the back from what seems to be the surface of the moon. This doesn’t sound like the unique dance sound that Trophy Wife have cultivated in the last 2 years, as was shown in their October 2011 EP ‘Bruxism’, as well as the three video clips revealed prior to this (‘In This Heavy Sun, the Colours Will Run’, ‘Your Presence I Want, Your Absence I Fear’, ‘In This Cold Paradigm…’), it shows a softer, introspective, and certainly more haunting side to the Oxford band. It’s absolutely beautiful and although its restraint was somewhat unexpected to me, I don’t question it for a moment, because I sensed their talent from the moment I first heard ‘Microlite’.

This album, a long time in the making and surely feeling like a long time for us fans to be waiting, will surely be worth the wait, judging from the four clips I’ve heard so far. And for sure, Trophy Wife’s debut album is my most anticipated release all year. That is, unless they decide to keep me waiting until 2013 like Everything Everything and Delphic

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears on Trophy Wife’s Tumblr for more video teasers in the coming weeks. I do encourage you to view the clips released for ‘In This Heavy Sun, the Colours Will Run’, ‘Your Presence I Want, Your Absence I Fear’ and ‘In This Cold Paradigm…’ after you’ve viewed the below video for ‘Summer Leaks In’, because you will see and feel the radical difference in sound. It will allow you to come to a better appreciation of Trophy Wife, that they’re not just doing what everyone is doing and putting an urban dance beat on things because that’s what popular and sells.


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