TROVA’s first single of 2020 “Cerro” rewards your patience as the song develops from a quiet flow of melodic drones like the fingers of the sun through fading storm clouds at dawn. The strands of sunlight poke through breaks in the cloud cover as the orb climbs into the sky while the world remains still from nocturnal inactivity. But the sun doesn’t compete with the clouds, rather works with and through them as the skies rain down intermittent sprinkles through the day to bring with it a sense of peace and tranquility accented by moments of sunshine to signal the storm system of the night before is moving on and the promise of a bright day ahead sets in. The mix of shadow and light as embodied in this song puts one in a reflective mood as its tones and textures flow through your mind to smooth out angst and apprehension to make way for clarity and resolve to go into the future with a clear head. Listen to “Cerro” on Bandcamp and follow TROVA at the links below.
“Littelwaf Linden” finds TROVA exploring the use of textures and phasing as methods of conveying depth of audio field. The track creates a sense of space in your mind like driving through a part of a future city where the windmills are running slowly in the middle of a warm, midspring night, the blades of the windmills turning slowly as you edge past them, lights blinking at intervals up to their heights to signal aircraft, all but silently providing providing power with a mechanistic grace and efficiency. As you pass a field of them on your way to your destination to meet a friend for drinks and to hang out and discuss plans for the future, the windmills strike you as a constant presence that we will all come to take for granted as a means of a stable energy future that impinges little on our environment compared to the way our civilization now goes about things. Almost like the benefits of an old civilization that for a moment took the time to plan for a more sustainable future. Listening to the track in the present tense it puts you in a contemplative mood pondering how we might put in place new ways of being and living that would afford us the luxury of not always needing to work ourselves to the bone and have the time to ponder longer arcs of human civilization and our own lives as embodied by some of the great, large public works of the past that lasted decades or centuries for the benefit for those beyond the immediate generations of their establishment. Listen to “Littelwaf Linden” on Soundcloud and follow TROVA at the links provided.
“CAER” was TROVA’s first single in 2017 but we’re featuring it here on Queen City Sounds and Art in the context of the project’s “Elements” series in which TROVA took a concept and the ideas inherent to that element to craft an evocative ambient composition. “CAER” is under two minutes long but its nimbus of phased, streaming melody suggests the imagery of a mysterious, mythical place. Those familiar with The Chronicals of Narnia will know the name Cair Paravel, derived from the same word in Welsh, as the seat of power for the characters who come to Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to cast down the wicked regime to rule with benevolence and wisdom. The legendary Welsh king Arthur similarly ruled from a castle, a caer, Camelot and later perhaps reigned in absentia on the mysterious island of Avalon in a similar setting. C.S. Lewis and earlier storytellers used this imagery to suggest a place that represents the best of human ideals and achievements. This song, though short, suggests a glimpse of such a place we might attain if we have the imagination and will to decency to try. Listen to “CAER” on Soundcloud and follow TROVA at the links below.
TROVA “Silver” is the first release of his “Elements” concept recordings. And its minimalist, arpeggiated synth melodies repeating through and swimming in layers of drones flowing drones conveys a sense of underwater movement. One imagines whales and dolphins dancing to this in their elegant movements in the deep South Pacific where humans rarely venture to interrupt their way of life. The feeling of tranquility the song conveys is nearly irresistible as its dynamic arcs are long but never tedious. It’s an ambient track but one that is more on the end of beatless deep house and library music. Whatever TROVA’s true inspirations or process behind producing the song it expresses the feeling of endless early summer days in a now impossibly temperate climate with time to let the demands of everyday life untangle. Listen below and follow TROVA at the links provided.