Be ushered into a jazz lounge in a metaphorical club with the brilliance of Trulah debut record
Trulah's record Prologue is the Cathedral Music Sit Down Record of the Month for June.
Trulah introduces her debut album Prologue, with a jazzy chord progression that welcomes you into this record almost the same as if you are being ushered into a jazz lounge in an underground club in New York City. Then, welcome to the stage Trulah. Her very first words are not a melody, but a spoken word that sets the scene and gives us the exact definition of what a prologue is: ‘an opening to a story, used to set the scene, all before the main narrative occurs.’ She then goes on to say; ‘But what if all of it served only to set the stage. And here and now, this is the prologue.’ Trulah introduces her debut album by saying; ‘Wait, this is only the beginning!’
"Trulah’s confidence permeates throughout the entirety of this record and solidifies the fact that age is just a number, as it's easy to forget that Trulah is only 22"
As you were welcomed into the Jazz lounge from the first chord of the title track, you are encouraged to stay and listen and enjoy all that Trulah has brought to the table. Intro the rest of the band, the drums, the horns, the electric guitar and bass... you can almost smell the cigarette smoke that lingers in the air as she sings on the second track Heart Over Hand: ‘Show me Your heart, because I need you more, today and forever.’ Lyrics that we may have sung many times in churches around the world, but are given a new framework to exist in - the world that Trulah has invited you into.
Like the intro, Trulah brings us back to spoken word arrangements again and again on this record, as they are sandwiched between most of the tracks, think of them almost as if she was taking the time to say hello to you in the crowd and introduce herself, her band and what her songs are about. Although, unlike the first spoken word, these are all scripture. But scripture as you may have never heard it before. The accompanying music as well as the delivery of her spoken word breathe new life into scripture that we may have heard so many times before.
Trulah’s confidence permeates throughout the entirety of this record and solidifies the fact that age is just a number, as it's easy to forget that Trulah is only 22 when listening to the mature vocal delivery, lyrics, song structures and themes. This is especially the case on songs such as the massive Rain Down, as she almost shows off at this point by starting the vocals right at the bottom of her vocal register and then shooting straight up into the highest part of her register by the second chorus while she sings ‘dancing in the rain, dancing in the rain’. She then steps back and lets her band jam for a little while, the organ and electric guitar take the reigns. While the horns take the lead and they all stab on the second bar of each play through the progression, it then builds until Trulah joins in again with vocals as it crescendos into a huge, sweet, soulful piece of brilliant music - which is one of the most stand out points of this record for me.
"It is extremely clear that a record of this quality simply must be our Sit Down Record of the Month for June."
The next track, the third and final interlude, is almost the smallest part of the record. It is such a stark contrast between the previous track that it almost shocks you into paying attention and listening. This track is followed by Lost to be Found, which feels in response to the soaring highs of its predecessor, Rain Down. It's quiet and gentle structure gives you time to think, breathe and reflect on all that you have heard so far from this record and the lyrics she sings here: ‘There must be something more for me, can emptiness be made complete?’
The record ends on the track Funny Feeling. This sub two minute track is a brilliant way to close a debut record that is just the prelude (or prologue) of things to come. The way the guitar carries the track through is almost as if she had gotten Tom Misch to come into the studio to play this one. With the fantastic backing vocals that accompany the chorus, the way the track ends with her ‘oohs’ and the electric guitar, you can almost hear the crowd applaud as you join in and celebrate this fantastic record.
As your headphones go quiet and you wake up from the hypothetical setting of the Jazz lounge that Trulah so carefully curated for us, you have time to reflect on the soulful tones, the jazzy licks and varied instrumentation, it is extremely clear that a record of this quality simply must be our Sit Down Record of the Month for June.
The June episode of the Cathedral Music Podcast is available now. Listen to the episode to check out our review of Prologue by Trulah by clicking here; the review starts at 1:31:35.
Written by Jacob Kemp