REVIEW: Jonny Trunk – Scrap Book (2009)

Scrap Book is the 2009 release by writer and Trunk Records founder Jonathan Benton-Hughes, professionally known as Jonny Trunk.

Disregarding greater compositional structure for works in miniature, Scrap Book is a showcase of dense textural collage. A series of vignettes, a pure charcuterie of sound. Notable standouts from which include the quaint K Piano, the mellow saccharine How Sweet It Is, and the deeply haunting and eerie Snowblind.

On Snowblind, Scrap Book’s clunky cartoon-ish revelry is displaced by the haunting, encroaching exterior world. To paint a mental picture, if Scrap Book was an ensemble-casted cartoon Christmas special in which everyone was snowed in together, Snowblind is a haunting foray into the cold and eerie outside. Disney could never.

While each track is its own little nugget of joy, Scrap Book as a whole will delight you with unease throughout the entire journey.

You can read a magnificent interview with Jonny Trunk over at Aquarium Drunkard.

For fans of: Raymond Scott, Robert Drasnin, Will Powers

Like Jonny Trunk? Give these a listen: Barbed, Mike & Rich, Krypto Grotesk

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