Surfacing: Trophy Wife

on Saturday, October 30, 2010
Words: Saam Das

It seems a bit weak to be blogging about Trophy Wife when it feels like every UK blogger worth their salt has already mentioned them. But seeing as I featured fellow Oxford band Fixers recently (who are following a similar blog coverage trajectory but this time, I was onto them very early), I thought I should talk a bit about some of the other Oxford bands that are currently getting some attention.

I'm not really sure about Oxford's supposed Blessing Force collective, which Yannis from Foals has repeatedly name dropped over the past few months. It contains the aforementioned Fixers, as well as the much hyped about Chad Valley as well as the likes of Pet Moon and Rhosyn, who are on course for gratuitous blog love in the near future. Oh and the collective contains Trophy Wife too. I guess they're all just mates or something.

The main reason behind this post is actually a wonderful acoustic version of their debut single 'Microlite', which is kindly being dispensed for free. The acoustic track adds strings, giving the track a more earthly and earnest vibe in comparison to the dancier single version. The 'Microlite' single version presents a certain brand of Oxford melancholy, with a sense of sparseness amongst its driving beats. With that in mind, it's perhaps no surprise that Trophy Wife will be supporting Foals on their forthcoming UK tour.

DOWNLOAD: Trophy Wife - Microlite (Acoustic)

STREAM: Trophy Wife - Take This Night

'Microlite' will be released on November 8th (pre-order here) by the brilliant Moshi Moshi label.

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