Tristram

Tristram

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Tristram are a 3 piece band with a clear love of all things experimental. Their sound was once rooted in folk but now via looped cello, breakbeats, and dense electric guitar textures they have created something that builds on this and incorporates their love of less conventional offerings.

Biography

Tristram are a 3 piece London-based band with a clear love of all things experimental. Their sound was once rooted in folk but now via looped cello, breakbeats, and dense electric guitar textures they have created something that builds on this and incorporates their love of less conventional offerings. The result is music which creates a sense of old world drama and romance transposed into a modern context- a hypnotic mixture of the familiar and the unexpected.

This is a band that uses traditional instruments in a far from traditional manner. The cello ranges from the beautifully melodic to a source of percussion, scraped noise, and fluttering harmonics. Drums no longer provide just the beat, but unpredictably punctuate and augment the intensity of the surrounding sound.

2010 saw the release of two stunning EPs - Someone Told Me A Poem via Oh! Inverted World, and Accidents & Artifice via Broken Sound (Peggy Sue, Forest Fire, Rachael Dadd, The Mariner’s Children). These releases saw the band receive critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, and Clash, as well as radioplay at Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, 6 Music, NME Radio and many more. Last year also saw headline tours in the UK and Iceland, and festival sets at Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling, and In The Woods. They are currently preparing to embark on 2 separate UK tours - one with Lulu and The Lampshades (Moshi Moshi), followed by a second outing with Laish (Willkommen Collective).

Tristram tie together the worlds of the experimental and the accessible with beautiful clarity. Their live shows provide a rare find, something that sets them apart from many others - 3 individuals all contributing their own unique styles in equal measure. It’s this genuinely collective approach to their music which makes for such an unexpected and exciting sound.

"“A flair for the dark”
Pitchfork

“Buoyed by a rare grace”
Clash (Track of the Day)

“Tristram’s experimental blend of sweeping harmonies and foreboding post-rock rhythms has produced a beautifully simple, urgent and shimmering slice of folk”
The Line Of Best Fit

“Intensely felt, beautifully composed, effervescent and astounding... unfeasibly beautiful”
For Folks Sake

Discography

Feb 2010 - Someone Told Me A Poem EP - Oh! Inverted World
Nov 2010 - Accidents & Artifice EP - Broken Sound Music