London-based filmmaker, artist and musician Trustfall is quite the prolific talent. Alongside recently putting out his debut double single KNOTS, he released a performance with close collaborator Lafawndah for Lafayette Anticipations and teamed up with Sega Bodega for an emotional cover of Dido’s classic. We caught up with him to talk anarchy, Coby Sey and book recommendations.

Within the space of two tracks, Trustfall fully sets himself out as an enthralling creative enigma and inimitable purveyor of baroque-infused avant-garde pop grandeur. Mentored by William Basinski, Trustfall draws heavily on classical compositions to craft poignant, contemporary pop artistry.

‘The Garden’ sees Trustfall take Einstürzende Neubauten’s medievalist pop classic and reinterpret it into a strikingly cinematic, hypnotic work. Arranged with Lafawndah, the cover is awash with sub-heavy tones, haunting vocals and gravely, staccato strings. Title-track ‘Knots’ continues this stark emotivity at the core of Trustfall’s compositions and musical delivery, whilst offering more ethereal and tender intonations. Delicate harmonies are crooned atop languid basslines and subtle percussion making for an aching, celestial listen.

Speaking on ‘Knots’, Trustfall details, “The chords in the hook are nicked from a Bach chorale, reharmonized and fractured… every time I go back to one of his hymn arrangements I’m blown away by how they are so simple but infinitely complex.” Elaborating further he adds, “It’s a song about letting go of control, or the idea of control so that you can see and be seen in a more unguarded way. The sound of the song is a sort of wrestling match with the resistance in that process, but also the sensuality you can find in it as well.” With his debut album on the horizon, we already can’t wait to hear more from Trustfall.

Get to know the enigmatic Trustfall In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
“ECM meets DMZ”

Last photo on your phone…
A photo of my friend Bahbak, documenting a cute woodworking date we had last week.

Favourite instagram account…
@libertarianmunicipalistmemes … This is pretty much fully targeted to make me smile: irreverent and militant social- ecology memes. The dissolution of the state plus flowers— what’s not to like?

The best venue I’ve played…
King’s Place, London. Sound was incredible, staff were the absolute best, audience was totally there with it, and I was opening for Kelsey Lu (who put on a legendary performance that night.) It was perfect.

Earliest song you remember…
Hazy, but might be Love Is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar. Still a strong anthem.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Probably cleaning up other people’s food detritus at In-N-Out Burger when I was 15. I was a teenage slob before that, but I think it induced some kind of low-level occupational OCD.

The thing I most love to cook is…
This changes frequently as I go through a few seasons of cooking during the year. The current champ would be Sichuan style hand-pulled noodles. The process is really fun, and it feels like a magic trick to have that texture appear in your home. Usually I dress it with some cumin lamb.

My Favourite word…
Anarchy. Mainly because it’s important to clear away all the disinformation and misperceptions about what that word means. In the US, where I’m from, you’re taught that “anarchy” is synonymous with “chaos.” But this is a lie. Anarchy is a method, it’s something you do: it’s just always pressing the question in any given situation “is this power justified?” and if it’s not, you get rid of it.

A book I love…
Deciding For Ourselves: The Promise of Direct Democracy. It just came out this year and I think is an essential, inspiring read. Concrete, real world examples from all over the world (Mexico, Greece, North-East Syria, etc.) of new types of societies being built from bottom-up, egalitarian principles. It’s really about a new wave of movements in the last decade or two of people governing themselves and figuring out how to do it in a way that doesn’t replicate all the problems of older power structures.

Things that cheer me up…
How excited my wife gets when she has something new to share with others.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Japan or Italy.

I think you should listen to…
Everything Coby Sey either has or will make.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Savall Family. I’m gutted that I never got to see Montserrat Figueros before she passed away, but it’s still a dream to go see Jordi, Ferran, Arianna and their fellow travelers.

‘KNOTS’ is out now.

Photo credit: C.G. Watkins