“Trust is the debut release of Australian duo, ARMLOCK—a nuanced record that explores trials felt in personal growth, from resentment to submission to complacency. A quiet, thrashing gem of songcraft, the record makes as much use of the intimate, empty space as it does of its layered, heavy instrumentals. Each one of these songs conjures a summer storm of internal conflict, with the angst and uncertainty that comes with realizing that you’re finished growing, and rather than feeling a sense of ease you’re left restless and discontent. Multi-instrumentalists SIMON LAM and HAMISH MITCHELL met studying jazz together at Monash University in Melbourne. While rehearsing standards for a small ensemble in 2010, the two discovered their mutual hatred of the genre, opting to explore experimental,song-based electronic music. Alongside Solitaire Recordings owner, Dan Rutman, they went on to form the group I’LLS, releasing four records in five years, and, later, the two went on to form COUTURE. Simultaneously, Lam (along with his cousin Chloe Kaul) found success with the synthpop group KILO, amassing over 100 million streams on Spotify and critical acclaim from Pitchfork, The Guardian, GQ, NME, NYLON, and Stereogum. With their first release as Armlock, the duo maintains the depths of I’lls’ electronic soundscapes but brings the warmth of analogue instruments with Lam’s clear, disillusioned singing up front. He sounds both heartfelt and dejected in equal measure,with a dispassionate coolness that synergizes with the vulnerability of his lyrics. One-sided LP with B-side etching.