Trivial Shields: Levity (self-released, 2021)

January 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Trivial Shields: Levity

Christian Carpenter is the musician and producer behind Trivial Shields, a project blending smooth rhythms with lovelorn vocals. Carpenter attended the University of Michigan several years ago, and he’s joined here by fellow U of M alumni Theo Katzman and Woody Goss of Vulfpeck. Sarah K. Pedinoti of LIP TALK guests on the opening title track, a bittersweet sundown reflection with a vaguely “Purple Rain”-like vibe. Angelica Bess, member of Body Language and Kalbells as well as vocalist on standout album tracks by Machinedrum, Chrome Sparks, and Giraffage, sings on the upbeat “For the Best”, an easy highlight which just elevates with sheer optimism. Sandu Ndu of Bells Atlas adds complex, truly mesmerizing vocals to “Rejection Therapy”, easily the most otherworldly track here. Instrumentals of the three songs are included, but all of them actually sound far better with the vocals included, for a change.

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