Trillion: The Gray between Shadow and Shade
By Stephen Jewell
I always preferred Jody Lloyd's more electronic trip hoppy styles to the straighter hip hop he made as one half of the maligned Dark Tower. This latest solo excursion as Trillion harks back to his 1998 effort 'Shadows on a Flat Land,' - not just because of the similar album titles but also because of the similar list of collaborators. The album runs between a diverse selection of styles, beginning with One More Test, which marries his rap to a gritty bassline and fruity horn section, before moving on to the more acoustic likes of Keep Away featuring Flip Grater on vocals. Lloyd again works with his father David and sister Demarnia Lloyd and his old Dark Tower sparring partner Eli Foley, along with with an impressive list of mainly Christchurch musicians - the CD credit lists runs to about 30 names. Lyrically staunch to liquidly melodic - eclectic isn't half of it - but there are points of interest all over.