Gut-wrenching bizarre blues

Mutant 50s pop outfit Trudy and the Romance return with bluesy new single.


For as weird and unusual as their output tends to be, there is no denying that we’re pretty big on Trudy and the Romance. Lucky for us, the band is back with a blistering blues-rock track with the rawest emotion to grace the genre in many decades.

Maintaining the band’s usual strikingly distinct style and dissonance-flirting melodies, My Baby’s Gone Away is as bluesy as the title suggests. While there is always a sense of impending terror in the sound of Trudy, this time the terror has arrived and swept over the band. The instrumentation is vintage blues given the typical modulation treatment, but that’s nothing to write home about on its own – the vocal performance, on the other hand, is utterly heartbreaking. Few bands channel the raw, unbridled emotion that the band manage to here, sounding on the verge of crumbling into tears at any moment, and even fewer could do so with conviction.

From rumbling opening hook to the whimpering close, Trudy have produced arguably their most captivating piece to date. Every beat of the heartbeat-like drums is another nail through the listener’s heart so, for as great as this track is, make sure you go into it with emotions of steel.

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