Album Review: Trish Discord - The Aftermath of 2016 (2022) - Guest Feature by Dmitriy Churilov

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Trish Discord - The Aftermath of 2016
Release Date: June 17, 2022
Label: selfrelease
Format: Digital
Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Origin: Queens, NY, USA

Summer 2022 sees the release of Trish Discord’s debut album - an experiment in reinventing pop music from an aspiring american artist.
"The Aftermath of 2016" is a therapeutic on many levels and has quite a compelling background. During the years passed, Trish has travelled the world and was caught in the turmoil of the pandemic, political instability and personal struggles. But regardless of the rocky road the album made it to the release and obviously just had to happen. To this moment Trish has already published a couple of songs which made it even more anticipated.
As an artist Trish tries an alternative take on pop music, and it lies everywhere in between Imogen Heap and Theatre of Tragedy. While it sounds like a tricky thing to do, the album is wholesome and consistent, bending different genres and creative approaches to the listener’s benefit. It’s part rock in the likes of Paramore and Evanescence, part post-pop a-la Lorde and Sophie, and a pinch of avante electro of the scandinavian tradition.
The long way it took to create The Aftermath… really pays off - surprisingly confident style and sound, rich instrumentation and resourceful songwriting.
'23' is an alternative rock manifesto on a massive synth basis reminiscent of mutated Ladytron.
'In Another Life' is a more sentimental number still built around distorted riffs.
As the album progresses, Trish adds a bit more of gothic and punkish elements - 'Crashing' can be described as a bastard child of Chelsea Wolfe and The Killers. It’s a more uptempo track, with a distinctive melody that could’ve easily been on a later Marilyn Manson release.
'Strife' explores the territories of more traditional pop rock.
And 'Desire' was teased earlier this year as a single and it comes as no surprise - the song is a radio-friendly homage to some Cardigans and such.

'I Can’t Wait to Forget You' continues to develop the more mainstream vector, this time toying with Madonna inspired dancing hymn.
'Red Sun' brings back the heavier mood with the wall of sound, kinda like Halsey would sound on a steady diet of Queens of the Stone Age. 'Take Me Away' goes on in the same direction, stripping the composition of practically everything leaving nothing but a straighforward vocal centered pop hit.
Closing in on a logical ending, 'This is the End' offers the listener a ballad type song, In This Moment style.
The last track 'Split' settles everything in its place, delivering closure to a complex creation The Aftermath is.
To sum it up - this album really stands out thanks to powerful singing voice of Trish, thought out sound and tons of potential. This project has all the chances to become really huge as it offers a little something for everyone - and it does it well.

Guest Feature by Dmitriy Churilov


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