Trevor Drury – Trip to the Water
Style, artistry, and entertainment. Trevor Drury is a young singer/songwriter whose been honing these qualities since first developing a passion for music at a young age and his pursuit carried him far from his musical childhood into higher education and beyond. His physical gifts have also allowed him the opportunity to enjoy a successful modeling career, but notoriety in that realm has always taken second place to his true love. The latest single from this Southern California native, “Trip to the Water”, shows immense stylishness, a structured and sophisticated approach to delivering its message, and packs enough pizzazz to draw in a large audience of new and old admirers alike. Drury, despite a relatively brief musical career so far, brings us different sounds with each new release, but there’s a commonality stretching across those recordings. Trevor Drury is intent on conveying himself to the audience with eye and ear catching flair, but always has something intensely real and meaningful to offer anyone willing to accompany him on the journey.
He has the sort of voice that’s capable of carrying a tune acapella and still having it resonate with listeners. It’s equal parts breathy and emotive without ever succumbing to self-indulgence or trivializing the lyrics. Drury rarely sings the same line the same way twice and, as a result, there’s an immense amount of variety in the way he attacks refrains in either verses or choruses. He understands well how to up the ante at the right times, modulating his delivery for effect, yet cutting it to the contours of the musical arrangement so that his singing presence never obscures the musical contributions around him. This is a talent that some singers never develop, for an assortment of reasons, but it seems like it comes as naturally as breathing for Drury and makes this even more of a can’t miss number.
Piano is the primary musical mover in this number, but it gains a stately bearing thanks to assertive drumming. The percussion provides emphatic punctuation for the piece and Drury clearly plays off its powerful timekeeping for maximum dramatic effect. The classical inclinations encouraged by the piano playing actually veer, slightly, towards a more gospel-ish feel than you might assume from Drury’s biography, but these elements are fortunately never belabored. The same discerning touch characterizing his approach to lyric writing and singing, less is more and mix up listener’s expectations, extends to his musical approach as well. There aren’t any extraneous notes or musical phrases swimming through the song and his commitment to cutting the fat from his performance makes it all the more impactful. Trevor Drury has experienced much in his brief life thus far and he brings the full force of those experiences to bear on his songs in a way that the best artists consistently do. “Trip to the Water” is his latest effort in that vein and, arguably, rates as his finest moment yet.