Minimal dark music in Malta: meet Tryst Arcane

Tryst Arcane is an esoteric rendezvous of atmospheric and cinematic soundscapes, organ sounds, and brooding piano riffs along soaring vocal melodies. It is a duo from Malta, formed by Alexia (vocals) and Julian (keys).

After several discussions with ‘music geeks’, Alexia and Julian understood that there is no particular genre which theybelong to. In fact, Minimal Dark is a term that the duo coined for this genre of music, as it is composed of only two elements. In the early days of Tryst Arcane, the duo did not choose to go in any particular direction, as Alexia tells us:

Back in 2017 we felt it was time for us to sit down, combine sketches of melodies we separately already had in mind, and from there it suddenly took on a life of its own. With this project we’ve created a space where our baggage of music experience and influences come together, funnel through our channel of emotions, and come up with something that is authentic, genuine and unique. 

The music we write and compose is simply based on how ever we’re feeling in the moment and being as natural as possible without limiting ourselves to a particular style. We like to hover on both classical-contemporary music and gothic music, to finally land somewhere in between. 

Tryst Arcane’s self-released debut album AUTUMN was released on CD and for free on most digital music platformsin November 2019. It was evident that the ‘fil rouge’ in this collection of tracks was the autumnal spirit, hence the name AUTUMN. The lyrics in this album garner elements of mysticism with indirect references to realistic themes such as death and new beginnings. On the last track of the album, The Fall of Light, Tryst Arcane collaborated with Gorg Peresso to compose its lyrics. For this particular track as well, Tryst Arcane also released a music video on YouTube, with the support of the Malta Arts Council. 

With further support from the Malta Arts Council, the duo will be re-releasing AUTUMN on Vinyl Record later on this year, as a limited edition of 100 beautiful graphite-coloured Vinyl records.

Alexia says that the aim of Tryst Arcane is to give listeners an intense musical experience and help them to engage with their inner core.

We pride ourselves in providing our followers a soundtrack for parts or journeys of their life, bring comfort in times of darkness and accompany the listener also in times of happiness. The philosophical lyrics, the mysticism in the voice and the sonic experimentation in the melodies of our music emanate a sense of multiple dimensions / space which suggests a sense of calmness and surrealism. Most of our songs are invariably imbued with a sense of mystical serenity, yet dark and captivating which on various occasions we were happy to hear that it helped to overcome dark moments of pain or alleviate great sadness.

We pride ourselves in providing our followers a soundtrack for parts or journeys of their life.

After a year-long break, Tryst Arcane are in the process of writing new music with the aim of continuing to grow in the music world. The duo has also been encouraged to start creating music to be used for meditation, as feedback from listeners of the first album shows that they have been using this music for meditation sessions.

Alexia says she is honoured by all the positive feedback received, which has furthered the duo’s motivation to keep creating this (musical) magic.

“We believe that when writing music with genuine intentions and a true expression, it is also important for the artist to feel free to move away from conformity and never lose sight of the real purpose of creating music. The pressure of society confines many artists to be untrue to their core principles and do what gets fast success. Music creation of our likes is not going to be hitting the charts or rave the dance floors but it will find a place in the hearts of a niche audience who feel the honesty that is within it and absorb what they need at that moment from it. 

Tryst Arcane’s AUTUMN Digipack CD can be ordered via the duo’s Facebook page and can also be purchased as Mp3 digital download via Bandcamp. Tryst Arcane is also on Spotify.

Vinyl is available for Pre-Order via a private message on Tryst Arcane’s Facebook page

Interested? Hit them on Youtube, Instagram or Spotify.

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