Troyka are an experimental British trio who make rich and enthralling instrumental music. Featuring Kit Downes on hammond/synths, Chris Montague on guitar/loops and Josh Blackmore on drums, Troyka is far more than the sum of its parts and is definitely not your usual Hammond organ trio.
We got the chance to listen to their latest album released early February. Ornithophobia is the London three-piece’s third studio album and marks the fruition of five years’ worth of musical experimentation.
They say their influences are from the likes of Tim Berne, Aphex Twin, Deerhoof, Albert King and Flying Lotus. .
“Unpredictable, yet catchy, melodies woven into complex time signatures may be a trade mark of the trio at full swing, but it is the flavours of textural beds, polyrhythmic post-dance, haunting trip-hop and atmospheric post-rock that make this record a sensation of the heart as well as the mind.”
Having self-produced all of their records to date, they have taken a different path from previous albums. Now they have included Swedish producer Eldh who mixed the album at his home in Berlin.
The mix of the electronic and experimental music scene of the German capital positively seeps into Troyka’s creations as a result.
This mix is potent within Life Was Transient and Troyka Smash, in which “Eldh takes acoustic recordings of the band and resamples the performances into entirely different compositions, whilst losing none of the essential Troyka sound.”
Ornithophobia – Our Album Thoughts
This 8 track album is instrumental only throughout. It makes a change from the normal samples we get. In a good way, the tones and the depth of the album was great to listen to.
The low tones of “Bamburgh” to the higher ranges of variety in “Life is Transient” it shows off a different style to the norm. If this is the influence of a new producer in Eldh – we are on the lookout for more of his stuff. Its always good to have music to suits our eclectic tastes.
The album is likely best to be used a background music to a party and will keep party goers happy and still be able to talk to each other too. Or it could be that background music while you are reading a suitable book. Good range of uses for this experimental album.
Ornithophobia Tour 2015
Feb 8 EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
Feb 9 LEEDS Leeds College of Music
Feb 10 BARNSTABLE North Devon Theatres
Feb 11 MILTON KEYNES The Stables
Feb 12 LONDON Rich Mix (Launch Party)
Feb 13 CARDIFF Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Feb 20 MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music
Feb 25 BIRMINGHAM MAC
Feb 27 LIVERPOOL Capstone Theatre
Feb 28 MORECAMBE Morecambe Hothouse
Mar 12 SHEFFIELD Sheffield Student’s Union
Mar 26 BELFAST Moving on Music
Apr 2 OXFORD Spin Jazz