After riding triumphantly out of 2018 with the tenacity of a “Hydra”,Trishes is now, in a word, exploring. Furthering her ongoing musical project on the human psyche, the Berklee grad’s new EP Ego, out today (March 1), marries modern politics and an evaluation of what it means to be human in a multimedia project of music, poetry, and art.
It just happens to also highlight exactly why the Trinidad-born live looper is a consistent Vanyaland favorite in the alt-pop sphere.
“My goal was to write through a sociological lens with genuine heart, draw parallels between history and current events, and pull from emotion and experience, to extract what is consistently, and inherently, human,” Trishes explains. “The mixed media collection explores elements of human existence birthed out of our shared internal conflict between the primal and the spiritual selves. On both a personal and global scale, it grapples with core themes of possession, creativity, self awareness, government, and language.”
Her mission sifts through some of humanity’s most prevalent quandaries, for better or for worse; from the prison industrial complex and the Flint water crisis (“Money”) to reflective love songs (“Language,” and “Saraswati”), Ego spans the good and the gruesome.
“For me, it was a way to process everything happening in the world,” she elaborates to Vanyaland. “It’s easy to feel disheartened but to think about it in the context of the entire human timeline was helpful for me. I hope it makes people question often unquestioned societal constructs and be cathartic for people too. I hope it spurs conversation. I’m really just looking for people to talk to about ideas.”