Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Review: Lissy Trullie, Self-Taught Learner

Artist: Lissy Trullie
Album: Self-Taught Learner
Released: Oct. 20, 2009
Call it the renaissance of the New York Underground scene.  Before recognized as a band, this troop was recognized as another part of the sprouting gang of models, DJs, and rising socialites.  Even in Lissy Trullie’s music video of their first single, “Boy Boy,” front girl and band title, Lissy Trullie is observed strutting the streets of Downtown New York in the token skinny jeans and, a novelty Lower East Side designer, Alexander Wang, jacket.  The rest of the up-and-coming crowd joins Trullie with cameos by: Chrissie Miller (Sophomore clothing designer), Harley Viera Newton (NYU student-turned-underground-DJ), and the princess of the scene, herself, actress/model Chloë Sevigny. 

As the original New York underground was able to achieve despite the drugs and blasé nonchalance, this rat pack seems to be able to hold its own as well.  Andy Warhol created art when he supported the Velvet Underground’s music, and so too does the current gang of musicians, artists, and designers.  Lissy Trullie’s debut EP is a catchy and fun record that will keep messy hairstyles nodding and nondescript leather boots tapping to the beat.  Between a dependable drumbeat, raspy and low female vocals, and encouraging back up vocals, the tracks continue to satisfy.  In this way, however, there is little variation between songs and they become difficult to distinguish from each other.  Lissy Trullie plays it safe with modest risk besides a groovy cover of Biz Markie’s ‘80’s hit, “Just a Friend.”  “Don’t to Do” begins in a refreshing Doo-Wop influenced tune and progresses into the Pop/Rock genre that the EP falls under—continuing to alternate between the two styles.

Best known for it’s single, “Boy Boy,” Lissy Trullie cements the beginning of the EP with an exhilarating chorus of “ooh”-ing followed by strong guitar strums and finally a smug first verse that establishes that Lissy trullie does not care for this boy.  The signature slight disharmony between the rhythm guitar and vocals makes for an interesting ending to the song as the ambiguous wailing finishes off the single.  Confidence in a CD, this EP is sure to be a solid walking companion, whether you are strutting along to meet “L.E.S. Artistes” is another question.

-- Charlotte Japp, "Roanoke" Mondays 10-11 A.M.

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