Release Date: Sep 30, 2013
Record label: GMBLS
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
They might fall in and out of favour, wrap their songs in different musical layers and call themselves all manner of different things, but the singer-songwriter is a constant presence in the musical world – wherever you are, there’s always a boy with a guitar, singing his heart out. The quality can vary massively, but when it’s done right there’s nothing better – a pure shot of music and emotion that pulls directly on the heartstrings. Trust, the debut album from New Yorker Gambles, is one of the purest examples of this particular art form we've seen for a long time.
Forget frivolity. Close that cat GIF, shut the lid on that neatly typed internal monologue and pull the plug on the soul-sapping glab coming from the box in the corner. The debut album by New Yorker Gambles, aka Matthew Daniel Siskin, is a remarkably real record, which makes the 21st Century’s incessant, self-involved gluttony seem entirely inane by contrast.
Informed by misfortune, drug and alcohol abuse, divorce and heartbreak, ‘Trust’ is the saddest thing you’ll hear all year. Gambles mainman Matthew Daniel Siskin takes his troubles and, armed with an old acoustic, weeps into the mic. Recent interviews and this resulting record suggest he’s some way off full recovery. But all that alone doesn’t earn ‘Trust’ a golden ticket.