Trust the Mask’s “Idiom”: A captivating journey through electronic soundscapes
Trust the Mask, the visionary duo consisting of Elisa Dal Bianco and Vittoria Cavedon, embark on a musical journey with their debut album, “Idiom.” Driven by a desire for connection and authenticity, Trust the Mask transcends societal boundaries and embrace the freedom of expression found in music. Against the backdrop of a fragmented world, the duo seeks to establish connections that provoke thought and evoke joy. With a blend of electronic and organic elements, “Idiom” represents a voyage of self-discovery and a bridge to the universal language of music.
The creative partnership between Elisa and Vittoria flourished amidst the challenging times of 2020. In a Venice music scene characterized by close-knit connections, the duo found solace in each other’s artistry. Elisa, a classically-trained songwriter with a qualification in electronic music and a passion for unusual instruments, collaborated with Vittoria, a self-taught singer with a pop-oriented melodic ear. Together, they discovered a musical chemistry that allowed them to shed societal masks and embrace their true selves.
During the lockdown, Trust the Mask continued to write remotely, resulting in the creation of two contrasting tracks, “Our Fault” and “Spring.” These songs became the catalyst for “Idiom,” an album that reflects both personal introspection and global observations. With a keen eye on society, the duo aimed to give a voice to others through their music.
“Idiom” embodies Trust the Mask’s ability to blend analog and digital sounds seamlessly. Elisa’s songcraft centers around balancing the possibilities of electronic music with the more tactile sounds of live instruments, specifically those passed along by her father, Giuseppe Dal Bianco. Vittoria’s vocals, simultaneously gentle and powerful, complement the intricate soundscapes. Inspired by artists like Florence + the Machine, Zola Jesus, and Dillon, Vittoria brings a distinct timbre to Trust the Mask’s sonic palette.
Trust the Mask quickly gained recognition early on in their career, winning the Hybrid Music prize in Venice in 2021 and signing with Italy’s Bronson Recordings the following year after releasing four self-produced singles. Their talent and potential led them to also be selected for the prestigious La Zona D’Ombra artistic residency. During this transformative experience, Trust the Mask worked with a group of musical mentors, including Bruno Dorella, a guiding force in the residency, and producer/sound engineer Andrea Cola. Matteo Vallicelli, drummer for The Soft Moon, also contributed to the album. The residency allowed the duo to explore and define their artistic identities, resulting in a unique sonic palette influenced by Young Fathers, PVA, Boy Harsher, and the constantly evolving German synth duo Ätna.
“Idiom” comprises introspective and thought-provoking tracks that explore both personal and societal themes. The album opens with the richly-layered “Juniper,” a poignant reflection on the conscious end of a relationship. The track gradually builds from bassy beginnings to a euphoric chorus, capturing the emotional complexity of letting go. “Our Fault” stands as a heartfelt letter to planet Earth, acknowledging humanity’s impact on the planet and expressing a sincere desire to change. It serves as a reminder of our responsibility to the environment and our home.
In “Otaku,” recorded with Matteo Vallicelli, Trust the Mask delve into the world of social isolation and the impact of technology on human interaction. The dappled, nocturnal synths hint at darkness while still offering compassion and understanding. The duo explore the idea that genuine connection can be hindered by modern-day distractions, resonating with the Japanese social group known as Otaku.
Among the album’s lighter tracks, “Will You Come?” exudes the hedonism and exhilaration of an evening of excess, capturing the fleeting euphoria of youthful experiences. Meanwhile, “Spring” embraces the beauty of life and celebrates the cyclical nature of renewal. Trust the Mask remind listeners to find joy in the simple pleasures and to appreciate the ever-recurring magic of the changing seasons.
Trust the Mask‘s debut album, “Idiom,” embodies their quest for authenticity and connection. With its blend of electronic and organic elements, the album serves as a bridge between personal introspection and universal experiences. Trust the Mask’s musical voyage invites listeners to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and connection. Through their heartfelt lyrics, innovative production, and captivating melodies, the duo offers a glimpse into a world where masks are shed, and true identities are revealed.
“Idiom” stands as a testament to the power of music to evoke emotions, provoke thoughts, and create meaningful connections in an increasingly fragmented world.