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February 18, 2007


As many of you will know, Hope of the States split up last year, failing to see through to the end their however-many-albums contract with Sony. I don’t know the details; my friend Arfie – who is a Hope of the States MEGAFAN – filled me in but I’ve forgotten what it was all about. Anyway, a few months ago the same friend introduced me to Troubles, a group comprised of several ex-members of Hope of the States and producing some of the most fantastic ambient music I have heard in, ooh, at least 20 months.

Sam from Hope of the States, now in Troubles, pictured here pondering the most cool angle to hold a cigarette

Last term I must have played Tinderboxes (listen below) about 100-200 times and I still enjoy it, along with the other tracks on their EP/album. I don’t know what this EP/album was called and amazon isn’t my friend on this one so I’ll have to direct you to their myspace page for more information. This track Tinderboxes sounds like it belongs in Shadow of the Colossus. At one of the upbeat, happy bits though – not the bits when you’re killing innocent colossi what don’t even deserve it or nuffin’.

Troubles’ mix of strings, percussion and guitar/keyboard/musicbox creates an intoxicating environment of BLAH BLAH BLAH I really hate that style of music journalism so shall stop right there. Listen to Troubles. Enjoy Troubles.

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P.S. It’s worth noting that their wikipedia page suggests they’re moving away from ambient, closer to their post-rock sensibilities. Since I have no idea what post-rock really means, I’m just going to ignore that and hope they continue pumping out beautiful ambient pieces. Hell, Brian Eno seems more concerned with making poncey light shows and producing Coldplay’s latest album these days so, I mean, SERIOUSLY.

P.P.S. I know Troubles’ Myspace page is a bit pretentious. I think it’s POST-pretentious though, so that’s okay mm-hmmm yeah uh-huh.

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