Trentalange sings pretty songs about violence and death.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Trentalange’s 2006 album, Photo Albums of Complex Relationships, is a beautiful bummer. On the Portishead-inspired “In the Ground,” lead singer Barbara Trentalange sings about a dead lover, over dreamy pop girded by a programmed drumbeat. The atmospheric but driving “Boxer’s Wife” features lyrics about a woman watching her husband being beaten to a pulp in a boxing match. The lovely “Lonely Land” is another slab of darkness augmented by Jami Sieber’s maudlin cello.
Trentalange is a solo project for Barbara Trentalange, who has played in the indie rock band Crooked Fingers and fronted the dark Seattle group Spyglass. She gets assistance from her former bandmates and Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel.
TRENTALANGE performs at 9pm Friday, Jan. 26, at the Lava Lounge, located in Club Octane, 321 Alvarado St., Monterey. No cover. 646-9244.