Certain singers possess the ability to transform raw emotion into song with ease. PJ Harvey has it, Nico of the Velvet Underground had it, and New York City fashion scenestress- Lissy Trullie bears the gift as well. Trullie sings with an innocent honesty and alto-rasp that's anything but gentle.
"Self-taught learner" is hauntingly beautiful, riding the listener to exhaustion, yet Trullie allows some breathing space before returning to the force that compels her to Hard Rock-salvation on "Money," an up-beat number that's kinda like the Strokes, the Stones (I get confused), but more fun and produced to perfection. The whole EP is "produced" really well, a remarkable blend of hi-fi studio gear and vintage instruments.
"Ready for the floor" (the Hot Chip song) is my favorite track- Trance-like and dancey, but punk-a-fied with cut-in/cut-out guitar chords. This is the catchiest of them all, and Trullie's grittiest vocal performance, a mix that'd make Julian Casablancas jealous. SELF TAUGHT LEARNER is a good start to a career in Fashion-Rock, ala The London Suede or what's his name... David Bowie?