Vents Magazine: Single Review- "Trip to the Water" by Trevor Drury
Don’t believe the dominant narrative that pop music, across the board, has dumbed down to the point of no return. There are still sharply presented, satisfying performers and writers emerging on the scene with the promise of elevating popular song to a new level. The surface texture of Drury’s latest single “Trip to the Water” is glossy and quite stylish, but it’s backed up by a substantive approach to songwriting that reaches great lyrical and musical heights. Drury has a strong presence as a vocalist that comes, in no small part, thanks to superior phrasing and vocal control that conforms nicely to the arrangement. His successful modeling career has, undoubtedly, exposed him to a side of life that few young musicians can boast, but there’s equally little doubt that a musical journey that began well before his tenth birthday influences the quality of this song in a significant way.
Drury’s Southern California upbringing doesn’t have any unduly sunny effect on “Trip to the Water”. There’s some light post production touches enhancing the first quarter of the song, but the production leaves Drury’s singing untouched and he’s more than capable of carrying the performance with both the strength and subtlety of his pipes. His voice varies a lot through the course of the recording, but it has a theatrical sense of what it’s doing throughout that’s no doubt the result of Drury’s higher education in voice and talent shining through. The phrasing is top notch and lives out the song’s experience for listeners in a way that makes even its vaguest lyrical details comprehensible to listeners. He matches up well with the arrangement and sings along with the music rather than positioning his voice in contrast with the music and it results in a more complete listening experience... READ MORE