Wonder Trail, whilst being a stations of the cross tour through an array of musical influences/interests, synthesises the experience (in more ways than one). It’s the use of the synth as the core sound that brings it all together, the other instruments queued in by its stabs and swirls, energised and contextualised. Within, around and over this hovers Jurd’s clear-toned trumpet sound which manages to be hot and cool without any apparent expenditure of energy – poised is the word I suppose, but that belies the power and incisiveness of her improvising and technique.
Laura is keen to join the tricky task of placing the music on some kind of stylistic map. “There’s two vocals on the album. Plus one track with a scattering of vocals… something to bear in mind. The pop / folk influence is definitely there. There’s certainly more of that in there than the second Viennese school! Perhaps it could be described simply as ‘synth-pop meets jazz band’. I quite like the clarity of that. Personally I’d love to filter that down further and say – ‘Dinosaur is a trumpet-led, instrumental band’. That way it’s left to the music to explain the rest – which is something unique and personal for every listener.”
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