April 6, 2024

Welcome to The New Normal! Following their debut release 2021’s Fragments, the trio of bassist extraordinaire Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo / Steven Wilson), gifted jazz keyboardist Adam Holzman (Grover Washington / Steven Wilson) and rhythmic powerhouse Craig Blundell, return to deliver their signature brand of instrumental Prog-come-Funk….or Prunk / Frog if you were to be so bold! 

Trifecta!

It is often said that the greatest musical groups are the ones with the right mixture of ideas, talent and chemistry. These are things Trifecta have in abundance. It is, of course, no secret that the three members have spent their most recent years touring some of the world’s biggest stages as part of many bands including with Steven Wilson. So when they decide to form a largely instrumental offshoot as a trio, eventually writing and releasing 2021’s Fragments debut, they were already off to a head start, with a tangible sense of creative familiarity that had been stunning audiences in every corner of the globe. 

Aside from being immensely talented performers, the three have all at one point performed together as part of Steven Wilson’s band and all three appear on Wilson’s new album The Harmony Codex. Joining the trio of masterful musos is Alex Lifeson (Envy of None / Rush) for additional guitar on ‘Once Around The Sun With You’ and Theo Travis (Steven Wilson) on saxophone for the “insectoidal” – now there’s a new word for you! – grooves of ‘Daddy Long Legs’. Alongside this, John Paul Jones’ very Chapman Stick musical instrument from 1979 was sent to Nick and he used it within the process for recording The New Normal

For listeners seeking to escape the confines of the normal world, The New Normal will enable a window into vistas in a multitude of wacky tracks both in sonics and in concept – combining elements of Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion all with a dash of typical English wit whereby the band bring the listener into a world where sound is malleable – time is a mere concept and vegetables have otherworldly properties like the “Stroboscopic Fennel”! 

This new 19 track epic sees the band building upon the innovative ambition and genre-hopping skulduggery they so fearlessly introduced themselves to the world with on FragmentsThe New Normal could easily have carried on in that same direction and comfortably delighted fans of all three musicians, as well as their associated projects. But if there’s anything we know about Holzman, Beggs and Blundell, it’s that they are bursting with ideas of every kind. Which explains why this album is guided by what some have described as an uncontainable brilliance and bravado that packs in so many twists and turns, practically laughing at any notion of genre or boundary! Echoing that freedom, the album was recorded in the “Bermuda Triangle” of normality that is Leighton Buzzard, Bedford and New York! – between 2019 and 2023. 

The New Normal was engineered by the band and mastered by Andy VanDette (Beastie Boys / Rush / Whitney Houston), adorned with artwork that was inspired by an original idea from Hajo Muller. It will be released on Double LP / CD / limited edition 2LP on white vinyl and digitally.