While it’s undeniably true that the pandemic slowed a lot of pop artists down in 2020; however, for those dedicated enough to quarantine themselves with a pinch of creative wit, a lack of live shows didn’t impede artistic development by any measurement. Trevor Drury just so happens to be one of these players, and if you listen to his new single “Alice” this summer, I think you’re going to get a pretty good idea as to what he’s been up to in the last year. His creative juices have been left to simmer just beneath the surface in a manner that an up and coming superstar like himself wouldn’t normally be afforded, and in the course of the under three minute running time of “Alice,” Drury makes a case for this being his most refined look thus far.
The maturity this guy is showing off on the lyrical front in this latest studio offering is something to marvel at right off the top, and in comparison to the big guns he was already bringing to the table in the likes of “Jealousy,” it’s rather surprising just how much he’s grown in such a relatively short time. His isn’t a brand of pop that relies as much on the urgency of tempo as it does the forcefulness of tonality, and “Alice” provides us with yet another example of why his formula for making smart, hook-driven music is one of the more engaging – and creatively stimulating – of any to debut out of his scene in the past decade.
Structurally, “Alice” stands firmly beside every single in the Trevor Drury discography at present, and while it doesn’t necessarily reveal anything strikingly new about his composing style, it indicates that his consistency as a songwriter was never a fantasy; it’s the real thing. If he weren’t being authentic with his verses in this single, I don’t know that his execution behind the mic would be quite as stinging and smooth as it is in this scenario. There’s a certain seamlessness to his performance here that indicates tremendous confidence within the space he’s recording, which, believe it or not, isn’t something I’ve been getting from a lot of his peers on the mainstream side of the dial in 2021.
I would love to hear a follow-up to Drury’s first album The Start a lot sooner than later, but if crafting material of this caliber takes a little extra time and effort than the status quo calls for, I would encourage this player not to rush back into the studio for anything right now. He’s got such a remarkably translatable affection for the hook in this piece, and while it doesn’t entirely shape the dimensions of his lyrical narrative, it frames the sentiments of the words he sings just fine. This is a pop singer who hasn’t let any part of 2020 get in between where he’s at today and where he wants to take his work in the future, and that absolutely makes him a rare breed in this industry.