Trying are an indie pop band from New York led by Cameron Carr. Weary with big rock bands, Carr started experimenting with toy instruments like the glockenspiel, melodica and ukulele, and formed a playful style of bedroom pop that evokes the sense of amazement we feel growing up, if only we can retain a certain childlike wonder. Following previous EPs 21 and Cheerleading, this month sees the release of a double single, Marathon of Fright, a Halloween holiday release that pushes the Trying aesthetic to spooky ends.

We’re really happy to share ‘Nobody Loves Halloween Like You Do’, a perfect example of the whimsical sound Carr creates, though beneath the earnest sincerity lies a deeper sense of uncertainty and longing. Both nostalgic for the past and longing for a better future, this is a track of distances in both time and space, exploring the difficulty in achieving a sense of home and belonging while constantly looking back to what we once had. Indeed, Halloween becomes the perfect focus for such a track, that strange mix of scary and homely, the unknown repackaged and presented as familiarity and comfort.

“I came here on my own and I think I’m in love
City’s a ghost without you, city’s a ghost without you
But nobody loves Halloween or haunting me like you do”

Marathon of Fright is due for release on the 20th of October and you can pre-order it from Bandcamp or listen via Spotify. Trying are set to release their debut full-length album in 2018, so keep your eyes peeled for that.