Trna are a young trio coming from St. Petersburg with already two rather well received full lengths under their belt, respectively dating back to 2015 (Pattern Of Infinity) and 2016 (Lose Yourself To Find Peace). Earthcult represents the third and ambitious attempt to bring even higher the bar of quality as well as the difficulty of fruition for the listener, since it is a work that exceeds the hour in duration, which is no small thing for an album entirely instrumental. Despite my deep-seated idiosyncrasy for this kind of solution, there is little to object to when you are faced with an exhibition of blackgaze of such caliber, if it is true, of course, that a greater synthesis could have helped, you can not help but be carried away by a sound that goes from rarefied tones to sudden accelerations with admirable fluidity. The four long tracks, which obviously exceed on average abundantly the quarter of an hour of duration, turn out to be anything but a cloying exhibition of style as pervaded by an intensity at times spasmodic, favored by the fact that the three Russian guys do not indulge much in interlocutory passages but prefer to push more often with conviction towards artistic solutions in crescendo, capable of leading to the climax in dilated time but prepared in the appropriate manner. The sound of Trna, which keeps its black roots firmly in place, is wrapped in a constant cosmic and dreamy aura that for once makes me say that yes, all things considered, the voice can be done without: the flow of sound flows from one song to another, making all in all superfluous the subdivision into tracks; the short breaks are functional to give the listener a breath between a long ride and the other, so that the strokes entitled Earthcult, Everywhere And Nowhere, The Heart Of Time and Thaw can really represent in a complete way that unity between man and nature to which it would be good to tend all of us, even outside of the purely musical aspect. Earthcult is a beautiful record, highly recommended to those who want to listen to enveloping and exciting music without attenuating its brilliance and rhythmic variety.
2018 – Independent 2019 – Elusive Sound 2020 – Slowsnow Records