Premiere: Ambience & Acceptance in TREY’s Intimate “Outofline”

TREY © 2018
Ambient and affecting, TREY’s vibing “Outofline” blends warm nostalgia with bittersweet acceptance as the band close a chapter on a love that will never come to be.
for fans of PHANGS, The Wldlfe, The 1975

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Did you ever miss your chance with someone because you were following your head, and not your heart? Love is a funny, strange phenomenon, and while it’s certainly many, many things, it’s also anything but logical. Nevertheless, we all too often find ourselves looking back on situations where something could have happened, if we’d only listened to our hearts and not held back. Ambient and affecting, TREY’s vibing “Outofline” blends warm nostalgia with bittersweet acceptance as the band close a chapter on a love that will never come to be.

I didn’t know that you were coming this late
You know I waited for you every day
I know that all the things I used to say
Were words I might want back
Listen: “Outofline” – TREY

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Outofline,” the new single from indie pop band TREY (pronounced, “all caps trey”). Hailing from St. Louis, MO, TREY consists of Trey Brockman, Dan Chiofolo, Carter Walker, and Brian Gertler. Driven by emotion and inspired by melody, TREY emerged just a year ago in April 2017 with their pulsing debut single “Wilderness,” following up with August 2017’s Wilderness EP. Proving you don’t have to wait too long in-between releases, the band delivered their sophomore EP How It Goes earlier this year in February 2018, only to return with song “Feel” at the end of June.

TREY have flexed multiple musical muscles throughout their nascent period, building gorgeous soundscapes with some combination of guitar and keyboards while sharing stages with fellow indie pop bands, including The Wldlfe, DBMKHardcastle. Yet through all their growth and development, TREY have seemingly held three things constant: A dedication to rhythmic grooves and “vibes,” a penchant for smart, reflective and emotionally aware lyricism, and (of course) Trey Brockman’s evocative voice. Forever closing in on, while simultaneously expanding, their sonic identity, TREY fall under the category of post-The 1975 pop bands seeking to build emotion in ambient spaces. Brockman went so far as to coyly acknowledge this trait in How It Goes’ single, “Floral Print”: You think you still feel alive, but you’re busy living your life like a song by The 1975.

Outofline - TREY

Outofline – TREY

While TREY’s latest songs “Feel” and “Outofline” maintain that aforementioned “vibe” essence, they also find the band fully coming into their own as they work off one another’s instruments and indulge in their emotions. Serene yet conflicted, “Outofline” finds TREY wrestling with doubt in a love song that must accept an unwanted outcome.

Now I don’t know what to do
when you look at me
the way that you do

I start to lose my mind
I knew when I looked at you
the way that I used to, babe

I might just waste my time

“‘Outofline’ is a love song, but it’s a contrasting song about being crazy in love with someone and knowing it’s impossible to make things happen,” TREY’s Trey Brockman tells Atwood Magazine. “I guess it kind of sums up this juxtaposition of seeing that person after you passed them up, for holding in all the things you wish you could say to them or could’ve said to them, and knowing that it’s too late. Once you come to grips with that, you just realize that life moves on and you have to get over it. I guess this is my way of getting over it. It’s crazy too, I sat down one night and cranked out the entire demo for this song with most of the instruments and all of the lyrics in like four hours, and actually ended up keeping all of the original vocal takes from the demo.”

TREY © 2018

TREY © 2018

I can’t believe that you forgot my name, babe
You used to call me by it every day
You’re giving up on all this history
I guess I’m wasted time

There’s a sense of solemn acceptance permeating “Outofline”; it’s as if the narrator begins this particular story knowing how it will end, but refuses to acknowledge it for as long as they possibly can. Once there’s no way to shield, ignore or dismiss the truth, reality finally and fully sets in. Brockman explains, “These brutally honest songs are both the easiest and the hardest for me to write, but I think they definitely end up being the best – and that’s the direction I want with everything I write now. I don’t want to just hide behind beats and shimmery synthesizers and a lyrical façade – I want TREY to be as real as it can be, because I know we all feel the same things sometimes.”

TREY are growing up, embracing personal experiences, and finding those little sparks of universality that allow us to relate and understand – to feel what they’re feeling. “Outofline” is a mature pop song full of vulnerability and poignant resolution. A somber farewell, the song helps usher in the next wave of TREY’s artistry as the band invite us to fully dwell in their world – a space where emotional conflict is just another part of being human. While we can’t wait to see where TREY are headed, we’re also happy to bask in their current sounds. Stream “Outofline” exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

I don’t know what to do
when you look at me
the way that you do
I still just lose my mind
I wish I still looked at you
the way that I used to
but I just took my time
and now we’re out of line

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Outofline - TREY

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com