This is not a Tricky album. Per se. But it has the British trip hop pioneer’s hands all over it along with a wonderfully varied group of collaborators.
Among that group is another pioneer, the legendary producer and musician Lee “Scratch” Perry, Polish singer Marta Złakowska (Marta), Idles front man Joe Talbot, Manchester collective leader Murkage Dave, Dutch-Zimbabwean musician Rina Mushonga, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, and Brooklyn’s Breanna Barbara. If that sounds like fascinating mix of voices, I’d agree.
As you’d expect / hope, Lonely Guest offers a nice cross section of Tricky genres, with each track clocking in under 3 minutes per. At 25 minutes total, Lonely Guest offers up a rich array of sounds and moods that feels much longer. My favorite track changes with each listen, repeat plays revealing more each time through.
Tricky also produced a short film with the same name, using Lonely Guest as inspiration:
I kinda wish Lonely Guest was longer but I discovered that I can listen over-and-over for as long as I like.