TR/ST’s ‘Bicep’ is a synth-pop battle between shame and self-acceptance

Toronto synth-pop project TR/ST is back with another infectious and intense single “Bicep”.

TR/ST started as a band back in 2010, with the meeting between Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski of Austra. Two years after, the pair released their excellent debut LP TRST, before Postepski decided to leave the project to focus on other projects. Since then, Alfons is going solo, with success: he released Joyride in 2014 and continues to explore the erotic and corrosive sides of synth-pop and coldwave.

In his latest single, the aptly-named “Bicep”, he proves once again that he can deliver muscular hooks by combining the immediacy of pop music with tortured, industrial-like arrangements. Empowering and yet vulnerable, the track seems to play with the thin limits between pain and pleasure. About the song, he explained to The Fader:

This song and much of the album was written in isolation in a farmhouse in rural Canada. It’s about the journey of a figure — essentially a narcissist — fighting with ideas of impurity and worthlessness. It’s about the struggle between accepting and resisting shame, as well as an expression of sexual fantasies.
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TR/ST‘s yet untitled new album will be released in 2018.