Heather Trost
Heather Trost

Heather Trost

About Heather Trost

Prior to beginning a solo career, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Heather Trost contributed to a number of interesting experimental indie rock and folk projects in the 2000s and beyond, most notably as one-half of the acclaimed Balkan-inspired folk-rock group A Hawk and a Hacksaw, with husband Jeremy Barnes. Primarily as a violinist and singer, she has been involved with artists like Beirut, Thor Harris, and Josephine Foster, and in 2017 released her full-length solo debut, Agistri, playing a number of different instruments and veering into psychedelia and loungey space pop sounds. She issued a follow-up three years later on Third Man called Petrichor.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Trost teamed up with former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Barnes in 2004, joining his project A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which took its primary influence from the traditional folk music of Romania, the Czech Republic, and other Balkan countries. Originally signed to U.K. imprint The Leaf Label, Trost's fiddle work and vocals were a primary component of the band's sound, which centered around herself and Barnes as its core duo. Around this same time, she and Barnes joined Zach Condon's project Beirut and were heavily featured on his albums Gulag Orkestar and The Flying Club Cup. Further immersing herself in European folk traditions, Trost and Barnes moved to Budapest in the late 2000s, where they recorded their fourth album, 2009's Délivrance. After leaving The Leaf Label, the duo founded Living Music Duplication (often stylized as L.M. Dupli-Cation) to release their own material, beginning with 2011's Cervantine, which incorporated mariachi and Greek music into their mix.
In 2015, Trost released an experimental, limited-edition cassette containing two minimalist keyboard instrumentals under the title Ouroboros on the boutique Cimiotti label. Two years later, she made a proper solo debut with the more expansive Agistri LP on her own L.M. Dupli-Cation label. Among its atmospheric psych-pop offerings was a spacey cover of Harry Nilsson's classic "Me and My Arrow." Returning in 2020, this time on Jack White's Third Man Records, Trost released the similarly exploratory Petrichor, which also featured a Nilsson cover in "Jump into the Fire." ~ Timothy Monger

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