Tricky "Does It (feat. Francesca Belmonte)" (2013)
Based on both the advance album track "Nothing's Changed," that was leaked last month as a free download, and the brand new video (above) for "Does It (feat. Francesca Belmonte)" - that was unveiled today - the accurate consensus is that UK artist Tricky is back in force and on top of his musical game again. Hence the collective anticipation by longtime fans of the artist, who first came to fame as a member of Massive Attack, for his new album False Idols: to be released on his own label of the same name and slated to arrive in Amoeba on May 28th. Diehard Tricky fans agree that False Idols should be his best in years and a welcome return to that dark, ethereal, pleasing sound that Tricky carved out on his early career, nineties releases such as his 1995 debut Maxinquaye and 1996's Pre-Millennium Tension.
Apparently the musician/producer and sometime actor has had time to sit back and reflect and honestly examine on where he had gone creativity. The outcome of that mediation? A definitive decision to keep it real and keep it simple, and bring things back full circle in a return to his 90's musical roots. "I was lost for ages," he admitted in a prepared statement from his label. “I was trying to prove something to people, trying to do something to please other people and also myself at the same time, which is never going to work. To be honest with you, I’ve been floating around since Chris Blackwell and Island.
My last two albums, I thought they were good, but I realize now they weren’t. This album is about me finding myself again." Of the new album, which in addition to talented new London singer Francesca Belmonte includes such other collaborators as vocalist Fifi Rong, popular Nigerian artist Nneka, and The Antlers' front man Peter Silberman, said Tricky, "I’m doing what I want to do, which is what I did with my first record. That’s what made me who I was in the beginning."