The international formation features Polish singer Misia Furtak, Danish-English drummer Thomas Pettit and Dutch-American vocalist/guitarist Olivier Heim, also known for his solo-project Anthony Chorale. After forming in Denmark, the band made a name for themselves in the Netherlands, first self-releasing their EP Neon Chameleon, then two well-received full-length albums
In their new, less "polished" compositions, this pan-European formation boasts its more mature side. The dark, cruder, louder songs were recorded by one of the best producers of alternative music, Michał Kupicz.
très.b, photo courtesy of the artists
Their first official album, titled The Other Hand and released in 2010, was filled with youthful enthusiasm and contained a few great, catchy songs – for instance the light, pop-rock "Orange Apple", "The Visionary" or "Widow Of Myself". The balanced melodies and harmonies gave these songs serious airplay potential. Dutch music magazine OOR summed up the results of their first musical endeavours with the statement that "Melancholic pop has rarely sounded nicer." In another review, OOR stated that "Misia Furtak sounds like a mixture between Björk and PJ Harvey".
In their new, less "polished" compositions, the band boasts its more mature side. The dark, cruder, louder songs were recorded by one of the best producers of alternative music, Michał Kupicz. He has worked with heavy guitar bands as well as with delicate projects, such as Indigo Tree. Today it is easier to notice the quality of their composition process. The sound of the drums, the organ lines, even occasionally making guitarist Heim lead vocalist (which has gotten significant airplay) has brought the music of très.b closer to the twisted, psychedelic productions of alternative songwriting heroes of this decade.
The band won the prestigious Polityka Passport prize in the popular music category in 2012.
- 2006 – Neon Chameleon EP
- 2007 – Scylla and Charybdis
- 2010 – The Other Hand
- 2012 – 40 Winks Of Courage
For more on the band, see: www.tres-b.com and www.facebook.com
Author: Jacek Świąder, April 2013. Translated by Marek Kępa, edited by Agnieszka Le Nart