February 19, 2009
A warm hello from chilly New Jersey! It’s Andy Gesner and the staff from HIP Video Promo, here with another beautifully-shot video from an artist on the rise. It’s certainly cold where we are, and it may be brisk where you are too; if so, the music of Laura Trent may warm things up considerably for you. The Vegas-based singer-songwriter is ablaze with passion – she gives her choruses everything she’s got. Her choruses are forceful, emotional, eye-opening; she sings with uncommon authority, and her stories of relationship trouble have the stamp of authentic experience. At the same time, she can wrap her sinuous lower-register around a quiet verse, and draw her listeners into an intimate kind of contact. “Birds Fly”, her debut single, builds from a whisper to a shout, and both extremes are rendered with uncommon intensity.
Yes, she’s a dramatic singer, and she’s one with a taste for cinematic arrangements. “Birds Fly” uses a full palette of sound: gently struck piano, stinging guitar, crisp drums, even a solo trumpet fanfare on the final chorus. The instruments – and Trent’s voice – are adorned with echo and warm reverb; the effects heighten the intimacy and amplify the singer’s already impassioned performance. The song is moody, mysterious, and it builds to an engrossing climax; if “Birds Fly” were a movie, David Lynch would be the director.
Laura Trent’s storytelling is colorful and dramatic, too – she’s not afraid to be direct or confessional. “Birds Fly” is a candid tale of infidelity: Trent’s narrator is carrying on an affair with a married man. She knows that what she’s doing is wrong, but she’s powerless to stop herself. Laura Trent inhabits the character in all of her frailty; she’s deeply sympathetic, and the temptation she faces feels palpable.
The winsome Trent was born in America to Italian parents, and she’s still got a strong connection to the old country. The singer has a significant following in Italy; just as importantly, she’s made crucial connections there. The music for “Birds Fly” is arranged by Luca Rustici , well known in Europe and now opening his way in the US. Well-respected Italian video director Angelo Stramaglia is behind the camera for Trent’s first clip, and he gives a good indication of why he’s been in demand in his native country. Stramaglia’s footage is, above all, gorgeous – everything he shoots looks terrific. Laura Trent is already videogenic; in front of Stramaglia’s camera, she’s positively radiant.
The setting helps, too. Stramaglia and Trent have filmed the “Birds Fly” clip near the outskirts of Las Vegas. Those who’ve ridden on the stretch of Interstate 15 that dovetails with Nevada highway 95 know that it traverses some of the most breathtaking scenery in America. It’s not quite desert, and not quite lush: it’s a between-place, semi-arid and dream-haunted. It is, in fact, somewhat reminiscent of the hills of Italy. Here, sun streaming over her shoulder and guitar in hand, Laura Trent tells her story. We see the face of the married man, adorning a locket clutched in the singer’s fist. She’s ecstatic at the approach of his car – but when he arrives, his bride is with him. Trent stands in the road, alone with her disappointment, and watches the auto disappear into the distance.
It is exciting for us to have the opportunity to work in tandem with the XTCRecords team to bring you this fascinating new clip. If you need more info call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779, or email [email protected]. You can also visit www.LauraTrent.com to find out more about Laura Trent.
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