Trojka — Tre Ut
(Apollon Records ARP021, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-12-29
Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Trojka is a trio that produces a mixture of prog jazz and groovy pop songs. Trojka is Gjert Hermansen (vocals, drums), August Riise (vocals, keys), and Simon Kverneng (vocals, bass). Tre Ut, Trojka’s second album, is a mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks. The funk laden grooves and jazz pop songs are really not my cup of tea, though Trojka executes them flawlessly. There is some resemblance to Italian prog and Area, but much more mellow. I keep expecting to hear something adventurous, but Trojka tends to keep it safe with their melodic vocal harmonies, jazzy soundscapes, and bass lines. Perhaps I am getting too old or too jaded with music over the years. As I prefer music that stretches boundaries, not music that plays safe within boundaries.
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