Before listening to Trev Williams‘ single ‘Skeleton’ I am not sure I knew what to expect. My first impressions were of the simplicity and interesting imagery of the artwork: toy rabbits, all with skull masks but one, standing around a birthday cake. Not your usual soppy singer-songwriter then, Trev has obviously tried to appear a more sinister creature than your archetypal man + guitar combo.
The beginning of the song draws you in as it gradually leads you expectantly to the main melody which goes against any previous preconceptions. The shallow percussion punctuating the first few seconds are quickly dominated by a strange and apparently dissonant chord; until – Williams gets down to it with quite an unusual arrangement somewhere between California Punk, Post-Punk, country/western and Flamenco. The structure which follows is easily discernible becoming more intricate as the verses progress towards the chorus only to die out and fade away again in the end with eerie background echoes from yonder days.
Trev’s general style is somewhere between R.E.M, Elbow, and the xx judging from the vocals, the simple single note melodies and gradual escalation of the music. The lyrics would seem to make clear that Trev’s friends are the skeletons but as he goes on, it becomes increasingly difficult to make sense of them. His phrases on chasing ghosts through walls and “the black woods”, or a lung transplant to a rose though cryptic, do, evoke death. The emerging feeling from the lyrics is that these skeletons are in his closet and he wants them out.
On the whole a very simplistic song and – somehow – through it all, a general feel-good feeling. I can happily picture myself driving through the forests of North-Western America with a rising or setting sun to the sound of this song, waiting for the scenery to unfold.