(13 March 2002) Trippa is an emerging indie rock project fronted
by Christina Murphy and Rob Reed. Frequent visitors will
recall the duo are two of the principal artists behind Cyan
and Magenta (feature)
whose album Revolutions was named 2001 Best New Album
by Musical Discoveries.
The lineup for Trippa's debut (self-titled) four-track EP (Blue Silver Management (UK) BSMF001, 1999) also
includes contributions by Rhiannon Stundon (backing vocals) and Ryan
Aston (drums). Best described as 'a contemporary Eurythmics for the
new millennium,' Trippa mix their own brand of edgy industrial pop
with soaring orchestral arrangements. While the Trippa project
led Rob and Christina to form Magenta, listeners may well recognise
origins of Trippa's sound in several of Cyan's earlier recordings.
The upbeat rock tune "Where Are You" opens the Trippa EP.
Christina's evocatively soaring vocals are supported by lovely
harmony layers and rich instrumental arrangements. Lyrics are
perfectly complimented by spaceflight-oriented sound effects.
In "Falling," vast guitar excursions provide the foundation of
the almost-spoken verses and melodic choruses.
Thickly-arranged orchestral-style keyboards are contrasted by a stand-out
bass part to compliment Christina's powerful and sensual lead
vocal--almost growling at times--in "Drowning." The EP concludes
with "Never Gonna Be The Same," a sensitively sung track that
combines ballad-style verses with a rocking guitar-laden chorus.
Voted 'Record of the Week' by Virgin Radio when initially
released in 1999, the Trippa EP remains generally
available from F2 Music
(UK). With numerous TV appearances behind them, the band are
destined for great things. They have recorded material to fill
several albums and are planning their first full-length release
for late 2002. Additional photographs and further information on
Trippa is available at Rob Reed's rapidly evolving Magenta