Independent singer-songwriter Ty Trehern officially released his latest album Dear, Dichotomy Friday. The 10-song record – his second studio recording and debut album (his debut studio recording was his 2019 EP The Sound) — is a presentation that proves Trehern to be one of the alt-rock community’s next big names to watch. All three of the singles that the album has produced – ‘The Air,’ ‘Sleep,’ and ‘Better Off’ – all serve to show what makes Trehern’s new album so notable. They are just some of the best examples of how much the 38-minute album has to offer audiences. The record’s title track is worth its own share of attention and will be addressed shortly. ‘The House You Built,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another strong addition to the record and will be addressed a little later. ‘Tell Me,’ which comes even later in the album’s run, stands on its own merits, too. It will be examined later, too. All three songs, coupled with the album’s singles four remaining songs, make one whole that is a presentation that, again, makes Trehern one of the names to watch in the next generation of alt-rock artists.
Ty Trehern’s debut album Dear, Dichotomy is an impressive first full outing from the up-and-coming alt-rock singer-songwriter. It is a presentation that shows Trehern as an artist who is well worth watching. As noted already, all three of the singles that the album has produced do their own share to support the noted statements. They are just some of the album’s most enjoyable entries. The record’s title track is just as enjoyable as those songs. The album’s first full-length song (its very first track is a 54-second intro track), its arrangement follows stylistically in line with the songs featured in The Sound. It is a mid-tempo, guitar-driven work that holds its own easily against works from so many of his more well-known mainstream rock and alt-rock counterparts. Trehern’s vocal delivery and the production used on said element adds even more to the mix to make this arrangement a strong start for the album. The song’s lyrical content couples with the musical arrangement to make for even more engagement and entertainment.
While Trehern’s vocal delivery and the production thereof helps to enhance the presentation of the arrangement featured in ‘Dear, Dichotomy,’ it also hinders understanding the song’s lyrical content to a point. Luckily, that hindrance is not such that it leaves the lyrics completely indecipherable. From what can be understood throughout the song, it comes across as being a work that centers on someone trying to figure out who exactly he/she is. This is inferred early on in the song’s lead verse, in which Trehern sings, “Looking through my head again/Walking on a rope/Hanging onto hope/All I want is to feel a balance underneath my feet/To feel the ground beneath/The flexibility/Searching for my guiding hand/It’s like day and night/A blurry wrong and right…” The last line in that verse is difficult to decipher. That aside, the rest of the verse is clear enough to know that the subject is singing here about basically facing the familiar inner turmoil of that battle with one’s self. It is a familiar topic in the musical world. What is interesting though, is that in so many cases, such a topic is accompanied by a decidedly moody, brooding musical arrangement. That is not the case here. What audiences get instead is something more generally contemplative in nature. It is a nice change of pace. As the song continues, Trehern sings in the song’s chorus, “I am here and there/Somewhere in the in-between/Show me/All these feelings that I hide/So won’t you show me/Save me/Living in the black and white/So won’t you save me.” He continues in the song’s second verse, “Running through my thoughts again/Like the seasons change/But now they stay the same/All I want is to be free of all the back and forth/All this back and forth/Keep going back and forth.” Yet again audiences are presented with a story of someone who is facing that inner turmoil, yet is not doing so in that more familiar brooding, “Oh woe is me” fashion. It is a nice change of pace from such kind of songs in this case. What’s more, that it is such a familiar lyrical theme, it makes the song even more accessible. To that end, the combined musical and lyrical content featured here makes ‘Dear, Dichotomy’ its own impressive addition to Trehern’s new album. It is just one of the many songs that show what makes the album worth hearing, too. ‘The House You Built’ is another notable addition to the album.
‘The House You Built’ immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from Set it Off with its semi-acoustic musical arrangement and finger snaps. The bluesy guitar licks that are featured throughout the three-minute-plus opus and the fire in Treyhern’s vocal delivery couples with the rich, steady time keeping to make the song in whole even more impacting. The arrangement does a good job of helping to illustrate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme, which comes across as centering on the familiar topic of someone who is just fed up with someone who is just toxic in terms of his or her personality; that kind of narcissistic person who just thinks that he or she is so great while making everyone else miserable. This is a familiar topic in its own right for everyone, thus making the song even more accessible.
The noted lyrical theme presented in ‘The House You Built’ is made clear right from the song’s outset as Treyhern sings, “Your ego’s left you blind/But you think you can see/And you think with a one-track mind/But you think you got it figured out/You think I’m fallin’ behind/But you’ve been running in place/And you think with a one-track mind/But you think you got it figured out…Do you think I care/to see the way/You look down on me/And I’m all that you can think about/When you find yourself alone/Do you think I care/To hear that I’m so far beneath you/You should know that I love it/When you lock yourself inside…” The last part of that line is difficult to understand without a lyrics sheet to reference. Even without that last portion, no doubt is left as to the frustration that the song’s subject has with the noted toxic individual. The fire in the words and Treyhern’s delivery thereof makes for quite the impact, needless to say. He continues in the song’s second verse, “Your words are such a waste/They’re falling on deaf ears/And you still keep running in place/But you think you got me figured out.” The damning indictment of that toxic individual continues on into the song’s third verse. It goes without saying that the indictment in question is just as strong there. When it is joined with the rest of the song’s story, the whole becomes a work whose lyrical content will definitely connect with listeners in its own right. It will do so even more when this understandably forceful message is coupled with the song’s equally fiery musical arrangement. All things considered, they make the song one more example of what makes Dear, Dichotomy such an enjoyable new offering from Treyhern. It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable works, too. ‘Tell Me’ is one more standout addition to the album.
‘Tell Me’ is one of those works whose arrangement proves that a song can be heavy without being heavy. The song’s arrangement features just Treyhern and a piano, nothing else. There is some production used on Treyhern’s vocals to add to the arrangement’s impact, but other than the noted elements are all that are featured here. It presents such a sense of vulnerability from Treyhern, and is so unlike anything else featured in this record. That sense of vulnerability carries over to the song’s lyrical content, which is just as moving it’s the song’s musical element.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Tell Me’ is a deeply introspective statement. Trehern notes in the song’s lead verse, I’m undone/What has this world become/Why can’t we be free/Why can’t we be free/Everyone/Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters/All of them/Trapped in hope and faith/So can you hear my voice from way up there/Tell me is there a heaven/’Cause this feels like hell to me/Tell me is there a reason/I’m not where I’d like to be/Are you there/Do you hear our cries/When our angels die…is this real/teach me how to feel/Like I can move on/When my heart is gone/Can you hear my voice from way up there.” This comes across as someone who is having a crisis of faith. If in fact that is the case, then this song will connect with its own share of listeners, as there are plenty of people who have or are having that crisis. It certainly is not the first song to take on such a topic (again, if that is in fact the interpreted topic). Other songs have taken on the matter of religion, but few if any in such a fashion as is presented here. To that end, it makes the song that much deeper, moving, and unique. Keeping that in mind, when this song is considered with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and the rest of its works, the end result is a solid debut album from Ty Trehern.
Dear, Dichotomy is a strong first full-length offering from up-and-coming alt-rock singer-songwriter Ty Trehern. It features a variety of musical arrangements that are just as engaging and entertaining as anything presented by his more well-known mainstream counterparts, as evidenced here. The record’s musical arrangements are familiar yet unique in their presentations, again as pointed out in this review. Keeping that in mind, the album in whole makes itself a strong debut from Trehern. Additionally, it makes Trehern validly, one of the next big names to watch in the alt-rock community. Dear, Dichotomy is available now.
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