Aaron Trinkner
And I'll Tell You Again, I Never Left


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
November 30th, 2012 | 19 replies | 1,257 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You're like a hangman who forgot his noose. Now you're left to think of a brilliant excuse as to why we won't be seeing the leading man. He's strung up like a rag doll. It's all your fault.

There’s no way around this, so I’ll just come out and point it out. In case you have not already noticed Aaron Trinkner and I share a last name.. Actually, I’m pretty sure we share some DNA as we are identical twins. But despite this seemingly insurmountable source of bias, I promise you I am reviewing this album as objectively as possible. I could go into great detail, and paint you a picture of our childhood and lives to point out the fact that, while we see eye to eye on many things, our taste in music is not overly similar. But I shall spare you that experience, as it will inevitably annoy you. With all of my bias and prejudice aside, Aaron Trinkner has managed to create an impressive debut with his EP And I’ll Tell You Again, I Never Left.

Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, this four track release is almost over as soon as it starts, despite the first track taking over 8 minutes. (Including the minute or so of silence and a bonus track) But to say this release is too short to be given a serious listen would be quite frankly, unfair. Musically Aaron Trinkner takes a minimalistic approach, often times only employing guitar in his songs. As a solo artist, Trinkner is ultimately responsible for every instrument and vocal melody present and while there are admittedly few instruments found on this release (acoustic/electric guitar and an occasional keyboard) Trinkner implements second and third guitar parts suitably; there is always a perfect balance between instruments and the vocals. Songs such as Life Is Not a Privilege and Fearless Goodbyes highlight this minimalistic approach but also manage to include the coveted loud/soft dynamics without ever once sounding forced or awkward.

As with many independent solo releases, this debut EP focuses primarily on the vocal delivery and the lyrical content. There are without a doubt a few awkward moments to be found from time to time (I know that this can finally end with us finally holding each other’s hands in broad daylight) but despite the occasional slip ups, Aaron Trinkner writes honest, emotional lyrics without ever coming off as pretentious or overtly immature. In these four brief songs topics such as father figures departing prematurely to failed friendships are covered with such conviction and emotion one would be surprised to learn the songwriter was under the age of 18. Lyrically, one has to look no further than the title track to understand Trinkner has a knack for portraying emotional concepts through metaphors and storytelling. Introspective lyrics are often hidden behind winding guitar lines and soaring vocal melodies on these four tracks, but I’ll Tell You Again, I Never Left cuts out every instrument but an acoustic guitar, leading to a perfect way to introduce one to the album.

Every song, from the first four knocks on the opening track to the final notes of Life Is Not a Privilege is worthy of a listen. This album is by no means close to perfect; there are lamentable vocal deliveries once or twice, an awkward phrase every once and awhile, but the matter of the fact is that I’ll Tell You Again, I Never Left is a solid first showcase for this independent artist out of Appleton, Wisconsin. Every single song has moments that will without a doubt manage to captivate you. We Quit has one of the catchiest verses I have heard in recent memory while Life Is Not a Privilege has interesting guitar play and tradeoffs. Both Fearless Goodbyes and And I’ll Tell You Again, I Never Left employ powerful dynamics, heartfelt lyrics and three part vocal harmonies. An above average debut, And I’ll Tell You Again, I Never Let is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end, and will without a doubt manage to create some buzz around this young singer/songwriter.

I’ll wait by the ocean for you. Call me, I’ll call out your name. The waves they crash with response. They say ‘we took him but we’re not to blame.’



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A short review for a short album. Seriously you guys should give this a chance. It's pretty
impressive, and the worst case scenario is you loss twenty minutes of time.

Stream: aarontrinkner.bandcamp.com


atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I seem to have forgotten how to link something in a comment.. can anyone help me out?

chupacabraisreal
November 29th 2012



201 Comments


Are you this guy? Or his brother or something?


atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you didn't even read the first paragraph : ( it says i'm his twin brother

cinaedus
November 29th 2012



26299 Comments


holy crap, atrink. i remember you!

did not know you were still active here lol

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I USED TO BE FAMOUS!

I started writing reviews again for the new mewithoutyou one. And now i'm in college and I have so
much more time to write. So I do

chupacabraisreal
November 29th 2012



201 Comments


Whoops, yeah, I skimmed the review and started at the bold. Listening now though.

Cygnatti
November 29th 2012



21349 Comments


I'm going to trust you on this one bro.

Digging: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you. You'll like it. It's not bad. I'm probably overselling it (he is my brother) But i remember not enjoying a lot of his early music. But these four tracks are pretty good

Lenix
November 29th 2012



793 Comments


sounds pretty interesting

Cygnatti
November 29th 2012



21349 Comments


acoustic music is really hit or miss with me :/

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only one song is purely acoustic. The first one. It's my personal favorite song. But the last two are electric.

Eko
November 30th 2012



2119 Comments


so is that you in the album art?

and besides Aids's hyperbolic review of an album he played in is featured right now so everything goes

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, It's me and my cousin at Cornerstone festival.

And I haven't even read that review yet. I'm surprised at how I haven't been bashed for him being my brother yet. I guess people don't care lol

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know what i wanted to say but forgot to mention it? all of this was recorded in a bedroom using a 97 windows computer. Seriously blows my mind every time i listen to this. It doesn't sound that lo-fi

bakkermaarten007
December 3rd 2012



3312 Comments


Your brother has quite a nice voice.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think so too lol

Cygnatti
December 3rd 2012



21349 Comments


it's pree cool

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2012



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally! Another rating!!



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