'Subcontrario (In Stereo)' is the journey that epitomizes the life and music of Trevor Giuliani. Each song on the debut album veers from layered musical arrangements, dodging away from conventional and formulaic song structures. As you're lulled into predicting the next phrase or note, Giuliani pleasantly diverges the song into another world.
Trevor Giuliani, who grew up in suburban Connecticut, left to study musical composition at NYU, which Trevor says, "didn't last long." So he ventured on his first journey, wandering around NYCs Lower East Side, 18 years old, couch surfing, living places he never thought he'd live and making friends in the unlikeliest of places. One of these friends is Katrina Kerns, a touring musician in Sufjan Stevens' band, who ended up lending background vocals on Giuliani's album.
After living most of his young adult life in and around New York, Giuliani recently picked-up and moved to Portland, Oregon to escape into the wilderness presaged by his music. "New York City from 18 to 22 can provide good incubation space, but now I want a garden and actually know my recycling is being recycled.”
It's seemingly difficult to pigeonhole Giuliani's songs into a singer/songwriter formula when each arrangement is finely detailed and accompanied by both acoustic and electronic instruments. You'll find off-kilter, syncopated and deliberately out-of-time plucks met by hits that could seem scattered and unfocused if heard on their own. Woven together, however, they paint a picture to be appreciated for its precision.
'Subcontrario (In Stereo)' was written, demoed, recorded, mixed in New York with Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, Darker My Love) and Dave Lynch.
The debut album is available 7.21.09 on Dovecote Records.
Trevor is performing live on June 17th at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR (supporting Jill Sobule).
01 Big Decisions
02 Wasting Your Town
03 Settled Bounds
04 All Nights Rest
05 Van Singing
06 Worms & Reptiles
07 Nubian Forest
10 Predicated Ground