Trifonic – Lies

April 24, 2009

Today’s MSMOTD

Trifonic – Lies

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I’m so excited about posting this MSMOTD!  Not only am I finally done with school and so now have the time to update regularly, but this group, this album, is really special.  So special that I had a hell of a time trying to single out a single track to feature.  In the end, I chose Lies, which was the first song of theirs that I heard, and still one of my favourites.  It’s also a good intro to the album.

Trifonic - Emergence.  One of the best albums of 2008.

One of the best albums of 2008.

Trifonic is a musical duo (the brothers Brian and Laurence Trifon) from San Francisco.  Their music is downtempo, glitchy, intimate and beautiful.  It’s a combination of BT-style organic electronica, acoustic guitars and rich female vocals.  I’d say they combine elements of BT with Portishead/Massive Attack, NIN and Amethystium.  Needless to say, this is an amazing combination, haha.  Trifonic’s Emergence is the soundtrack to the sunlight glittering off the icicles outside your window.  The soundtrack to exploring abandoned buildings and contemplative bus rides through a moonlit cityscape.  The soundtrack to a breakup and to almost-forgotten memories.  The internal score to your own scattered thoughts and dreams.

Lies is one of the tracks featuring female vocalist Amelia June.  It’s a sad, downtempo tune with percussion constructed of various noises the brothers recorded around their home one day (the sound of a light bulb turning on, dryer door closing, the fizzing of a pop bottle opening etc).  Amelia’s mournful tones overlay an ethereal and beautiful sonicscape of icy synths, piano and guitar.  Three of the tracks feature female vocals, all excellent.  The others are instrumental and are all just incredible songs.  I’ve included 2 more of my favourites below.  The first is the official video for Parks on Fire.  It was done by the same dude who did the videos for BT’s ‘Antikythera Mechanism” and “1.618″.  It uses a similar style, with clever editing and effects melding the music and video into a symbiotic whole.  This song gets better every time I listen to it.

Parks on Fire from neither-field on Vimeo.

In the “more music” section, I have another song, the title track – Emergence – from the album which is a bit more intense, featuring hints of d&b.  These tracks really remind me of BT’s This Binary Universe, which is wonderful, as I’ve been having trouble finding music to scratch my desire for more music in that vein.  Trifonic definitely does the job and more, bringing something entirely new to music.  I love this album and I think you will too.

- Mons

More music from Trifonic

Trifonic – Emergence

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You can download the HD video for Parks on Fire (featured above) for free here.

Further info about today’s MSMOTD

Official Website:

Amazingly, Trifonic is offering the entire album as a free download!  There’s also a link from that page to purchase a higher-quality digital version of the album for – get this – any price that you want.  They’ve followed the Radiohead model and are offering their music to people for free, with the hope that people will pay for the album out of appreciation for the music and a desire to support the artist.  The album is worth it, but you can check it all out for free there.

You can also buy the physical album from Amazon if you wish. I get a little kickback if you do this.

6 Responses to “Trifonic – Lies”

  1. and you think you can’t write lol. i almost enjoyed the description more than the song! (i liked the song though too, don’t worry :) )

  2. If you’re wondering why the music sounds the same, it’s because of this (from their about page):

    “Upon graduating in 2004, Brian went to work as a guitarist and programmer for famed electronica artist BT.”

    Also, please, yes, oh god yes, more. Binary Universe is my favorite album by far, and I’ve also been unable to find anything like it, so this works perfectly.

  3. Haha yes, your last paragraph is exactly how I felt when I first listened to the album. I’m so happy! Weird how Brian Trifon’s initials are ALSO “BT” though. Hmmm….

  4. Awesome. This one is great.
    I was needing some different new music to listen to. This really hits the spot. Thanks Mons!

  5. Cool Mons! You finally have a website to share your talent! Good job!

  6. Thanks Jennifer and everyone else. I’m glad you guys are enjoying these updates. I love reading the comments too, so keep them coming. :)