Trade Wind‘s origins are completely inconspicuous, if only their music were to be taken into account. This supergroup may well consist of members from hardcore and metal heavyweights – Stray From The Path, Stick To Your Guns, and Structures – but their collaboration in Trade Wind turns out to be something quite different.
A common misunderstanding from those without knowledge of any music heavier than Coldplay is that rock and metal is just a bunch of thrashing and screaming. What those unfamiliar with these genres don’t often realise is the intricacy of song building from these artists: delving deep into hardcore music often uncovers layers of light and dark, heavy and gentle, slow and fast, which create the most interesting structures in music.
With their collective experience, Trade Wind apply these techniques to their music, only this time they leave out the extremes of the hardcore scene. Their third album, ‘The Day We Got What We Deserved’, sashays across many genres, yet it stays clear of the heavy stuff.
From the outset, with the enigmatically named ‘Burning The Iron Age’, the band builds a moody, melodic soundscape through multi-dimensional layering of otherwise simple riffs. A multitude of influences are evident throughout the record; ‘Die! Die! Die!’ may be aggressively titled, but its folksy feel masks anything darker. ‘Blue Notes’ is atmospheric and dreamy, with an understated deep bass line underpinning its breezy top melody.
A whiff of electronica melds with Trade Wind‘s overall acoustic sensibilities, a move which is most overt in ‘Fade On You’ and ‘Don’t Rush’. The former kicks off with a bubbly synth effect that seems to drill right into your brain, until the latter cements this brief but fun jaunt into electronic music. ‘Don’t Rush’ especially stands out from the rest of the track list, this being the only song whose composition couldn’t feasibly fit in with a pre-1980s soundtrack. ‘Walk Me In // Plant Me In Your Garden’ rounds off this record with an unexpectedly wholesome zen vibe.
‘The Day We Got What We Deserved’ is undoubtedly timeless, bridging the gaps between genre and decade to make a timeless album that can be endlessly enjoyed.