You know how the saying goes: “less is more.” Well, ultimately, this holds true for local, funk, rock, electrical act Trichome, whose latest album is high on quality and short on quantity. The self-title studio EP, released in May, features just six tracks, but there is no denying the energy, creativity and talent laid into each track. The opening track, “Music Goes On” is highly upbeat with solid guitar riff, blaring trumpets and a noticeable trumpet to boot. The second ballad, “Strawberry,” starts a little slower and spacy, keyboards more prominent. Evan Daldegan headlines a top-notch vocal effort, while David Frediani lends a backup hand. From there, Trichome transitions into “Strawberry Jam” – funky instrumental jam guaranteed to make one smile and move their feet. That instrumental sets the tone for “Down and Dirty.” The highly pulsating groove with catchy backup vocals could be for mistaken for something out of Jamiroquai’s catalogue of work. “Let Go” is at-bat next. This ballad definitely is the album’s most poppy, and it doesn’t take long for one to realize the group has load of fun playing this tune. Trichome’s ends it latest studio effort in fine fashion. “Squirt,” features a strong intro, vocals and effective transitions throughout all leaving the listener hoping there is a hidden track to follow.
– Hap Fry