After a significant period of non-activity, Murfreesboro's mysterious Trophy Wife makes their long awaited return with their second record, the "Stella, My Star" single. Containing two more of their bizarre/brilliant minimalist ghost-pop story songs, this one is sure to please, although anyone expecting a repeat of their first, self-titled, EP is in for quite the shock... Stripped down to a three piece, yet determined to expand the boundaries of their sound, this slab finds the ladies treading into the unfamiliar territories of pseudo-sludge rock and dream/nightmare pop. The former track, and A-side, "Stella, My Star", is full of rumbling bass, primal thump, and guitar overdrive bringing to mind a more subversive version of mid-period Babes in Toyland without all the awful shouting. The latter track, and B-side, "Frankie's Song", combines a beautiful synth melody with ominous bass undertones and an unsettling tale of childhood love gone wrong.
Certain to thrill fans of the first EP as well as make new converts in the process, this record presents a band growing and actively attempting to reach beyond the expectations placed upon them after their loved/hated first release; in other words: another amazing record by our favorite band in the world. Not to be missed.