Back in 2009, this NYC-based singer ticked all the cool cred boxes: model, art student, sometime DJ, mates with Chloë Sevigny, pals with the fash pack (Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim). But while the tracks on her EP had a jittery charm, the lyrics were one-dimensional; the songs didn’t stick. Bar a tour opening for Blondie and scrapped sessions with ex-Suede man Bernard Butler, she all but disappeared.
With producers John Hill (Santigold) and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek at her disposal, the 27-year-old has resurfaced with a surprising new twist to her Lower East Side-meets-The Clash vibe: namely the use of (rather cheesy) big brass ensembles that run riot over ‘Caring’ and ‘Wearing Blue’. The best of this debut showcases Trullie’s modern take on new wave (‘I Know Where You Sleep’), and Nico-like incantations against a wall of guitar fuzz (‘Madeleine’), while on ‘Glass Mountains’ she’s achieved a sinuous, seductive and perfectly pared-back standout. It’s a fun debut, but not one for over-analysing.