BlackBook Premiere: New Heather Trost Single ‘Tracks to Nowhere’ is a Poignant Meditation on Loss
2020 has been a year of relentless loss, and it looks for everything like that pattern will continue past the coming of the new year. That art can address this loss in the most visceral of ways, however, is surely a gift to all those who have endured, and struggled for any measure of solace.
Heather Trost‘s absolutely stunning new single ‘Tracks to Nowhere’ (which BlackBook premieres here) is exactly that, arriving at a time when so much fear and uncertainty pervades our everyday life. And as she intones in a kind of spectral, almost gossamer sounding voice, “Every time I close my eyes / Takes me back to you and the day you said goodbye / Standing in the pouring rain,” a piercing sense of sorrow hangs over the proceedings.
Musically, it unfolds in three “suites” of sorts, opening like a bluesy ballad version of the Cocteau Twins, before slipping into a haunted, Lynchian lullaby, and then ascending to a final 90 seconds of soaring, widescreen dramatics. If it doesn’t send a serious shiver up your spine, you may want to check for a pulse.
“‘Tracks to Nowhere’ was originally an instrumental written by Jeremy Barnes,” she recalls of her A Hawk and a Hacksaw bandmate. “It was the first song he wrote after the passing of his mom. The lyrics came to me as I was singing the melody, and I was thinking about this incomparable loss. I wanted words that could express this feeling of emptiness that happens when something like a death or breakup occurs, without literally describing what we were going through.”
Trost is familiar to many as the violinist of the aforementioned duo with Barnes. But the song is actually taken from her upcoming solo album Petrichor, out this Friday, November 6 via Jack White’s Third Man Records. As happens, the title refers to the scent that permeates the air when rain falls on dry soil; we couldn’t think of a better descriptor.