Columbus Jangle-Pop Band Trying Return With Sweet New EP
Our favorite jangle-pop cuties are back with another vivid and vulnerable EP. Hailing from Columbus, Trying is comprised of a couple good pals making good music. They live life and they write about it. They struggle in the job market, hold tight to the ones they love, watch videos of dogs, water plants… the list goes on, of both mundane and important things, and they write about them all.
On their newest EP, I Won’t Let You Lose The Rhythm, Trying deliver four shimmery tunes weighed down with a sense of sorrow. Hear what songwriter Cameron Carr had to say about the release below:
I Won’t Let You Lose The Rhythm opens with the sugar-sweet, feather-soft “If I Don’t Get A Job.” It’s fleeting, clocking in at under two minutes, but it basically serves to introduce Trying’s sonic palette of percussive sparkles, fuzzy bedroom-pop tones, and Cameron’s distinct vocals. On “Blowing Wishes,” Trying deliver warm layers of dreamy, sea breezy rhythms built mostly on light acoustic strums and thicker plumes of full-band camaraderie. “Dog Videos,” a mere minute and a half, is a fast-paced romp with some of Cameron’s best lyrics — “we’re just making baked goods / and kissing soft on the mouth” — sung quickly in harmony as the instrumentation moves through a series of twists and turns surprising for the short length allotted. The EP ends with its title track, gentle indie-folk chords plucked on acoustic guitar as the arrangement unfolds into a lush composition so soft and so sweet, much like the band itself. It’s a comforting conclusion to an EP that is Trying at their best — modest in their ambitions and thoughtful in their executions.
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Featured photo of Trying by Sierra Mollenkopf