Trudy And The Romance ‘My Baby’s Gone Away’
Olivia here. It’s bloody baltic in London today. I realise my Finnish friends will have little sympathy for me (compared to the tundra that is Helsinki right now, nine degrees must seem relatively balmy), but I can’t feel my toes, and that makes me a little tetchy. Observing my breath escape like a pathetic wispy dragon from the confines of my tightly wrapped scarf this morning was a particularly alarming sign that yes, winter is coming. Saying that, there is a lot to love about this kind of weather. The mornings are crisp, the evenings are dark and cosy, and in keeping with the Scandinavian theme, we are entering the high season of ‘hygge’, the Danish word meaning ‘ the creation of a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people‘. Very festive. However, todays Track Of The Day comes not from Copenhagen or Stockholm, but from the (relatively) northerly Liverpool, from mutant 50’s pop band Trudy and The Romance with ‘My Baby’s Gone Away‘. This track combines a wonderfully vehement vocal delivery from lead singer Oliver Taylor with a 1950’s style pop sparkle to create a rich narrative, dripping in sardonic flamboyance. This is pure melodrama; unashamed lust with an old-Hollywood aesthetic and tongue-in-cheek Northern grit, reminiscent of Wild Beasts in their ‘Limbo Panto’ days. The band claims on their Facebook page that they will ‘pop your cotton socks off’, and whilst I will be keeping my socks on today, I couldn’t agree more.