In many ways, we are all just trapped by our own lives. Popdust favorite Trishes seeks out to both exacerbate and shatter that feeling. Her new single “Day Jobs,” a moody piece of alt-pop euphoria, wanders between Lana Del Rey melancholy and FKA Twigs eclecticism–entrenched in creating an atmosphere of turmoil. “Billy’s waiting tables. Brittany’s pouring coffee,” she unravels on the opening lyric, detailing life’s monotonous cycle. in the just-released music video, Trishes “wanted to channel the mischievousness of the Greek and Roman gods, walking among humans and causing trouble out of boredom or dissatisfaction,” she says. Suitably, she dons an Egyptian-style gown and walks barefoot down Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, determined to somehow stir up some kind of evocative flame in the lives of everyone she crosses.
“I imagined this character being doomed to forever walk this scene and this street, surrounded by people who were also bored and dissatisfied with where they were in their lives and with the jobs they had,” she continues. “I think she feels suffocated being in one place when she feels she is meant for another but she can’t seem to find a way out. I think a lot of us feel like that.”
“Day Jobs” samples her upcoming album, The Id, which “focuses on the relationship between the ego [spiritual self] and the Id [primal self],” she told Popdust last fall. Another album cut called “Animals” also sees the singer-songwriter exploring similar feelings of unsettling angst, paralleled with ancient artifacts on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. “I felt trapped in a similar way; we were both stuck somewhere between our primal selves and whatever society says we are supposed to be today. To me they also represented the transition between animal and human, and that really fascinated me. Morality is a human construct, however we only became human at the advent of morality. It’s a paradox I haven’t wrapped my head around. I realized that the core of my internal struggle was between my animalistic self and my spiritual/moral self. I went back to the hotel room and demoed it that night.”
Needless to say, Trishes long-awaited LP is “a concept album,” she notes. “So, the cohesiveness was a priority. One of the main goals of the album was to make it as close to my live show as possible – basically my live show plus bass and drums – and I was really happy with how we carried that out.”
“I would love if people that had similar struggles to the ones I did can feel less alone. I felt very alone at the time because I felt guilty for being conflicted in the first place,” she says. “I thought good people just did the right thing and they were happy doing it. I think most of our struggles come from the fact that we instinctually want certain things that the ideologies we developed won’t allow us to have.”