The Tren Brothers consist of guitarist Mick Turner and drummer Jim White, both members of the Australian instrumental outfit Dirty Three. With their move to Chicago, the Tren Brothers decided to hit the studio to lay down five tracks, recorded at Electrical Audio by Greg Norman. From the outset of this EP, the listener knows that the Tren Brothers have weathered many storms together. The delicate interplay of instruments shows a companionship that was established in their years of touring in the Dirty Three. Throughout the EP, shimmering guitar tones from the inventive Turner sprinkle along the broad landscapes, while the underrated drumming of White swirls and pulses at the perfect moments. The use of melodica and harmonica against occasional loops adds another dimension that always sparks at the appropriate time, as in "Gold Star Berlin" and "Away." While listeners may be used to the dramatics of violin in Dirty Three, the exclusion of the instrument seems to make this EP more powerful. Tren Brothers EP is a beautiful, epic affair that packs in adventure and longing in a short length of time. Highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Francis Arres