Trip hop legend Tricky releases a new album and previews its first single, Getintothis’ Andy Walker brimngs us up to date.
Tricky announces his 14th studio album, Fall To Pieces, out September 4 on his own label False Idols, and shares its lead single, Fall Please.
The legendary musician, producer and actor is thirty years into his career. In the last year, he released ‘20,20’ EP and published his autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner.
Starting off with Massive Attack and The Wild Bunch, Tricky soon started a solo career with his debut album Maxinquaye catapulting him to a level of fame he clearly felt uncomfortable with.
Fall Please, a song which Tricky likens to Washington DC Go-Go, has an accessibility that surprised even the man who wrote it, which he describes as being ‘the closest I’ve got to making pop.’
The song was recorded in Tricky’s Berlin studio in late 2019.
He is keen to point out that the tracks on the record can be deceptive; often short, ending abruptly and moving on to the next without warning.
Although instrumentation varies from bursts of tense synths, distorted dial tones, and samples, the song’s lyrics can be dark and dense.
Tricky’s music has always enlisted female vocalists to carry his ideas: the majority of tracks on ‘Fall To Pieces‘, including ‘Fall Please’ rely on Marta Złakowska, the singer he discovered during a European tour when he was left without a vocalist on the opening night.
She saved the tour from disaster. “I can tell when someone is humble and down to earth,” says Tricky. “Marta doesn’t care about being famous, she just wants to sing.”
The past year in creative flurry has no doubt been a distraction for Tricky, but it’s also been a period of reflection and reassessment.
Struck down with grief, he had to ask himself a question: do I fight, or go down with the ship? “You’ve gotta fucking get up and fight,” he concludes. “Right now I’m in fight mode. And I feel really good. I do.”