Introducing a poignant anthem for those enduring the subtle persecution and psychological torment of gaslighting, Bravo Bonez, renowned producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, unveils his latest single “Trust in Me.” Set to release on June 9th, 2023, this captivating track delves into the experiences of those who find themselves trapped in a reality controlled by manipulative forces. Bonez, under his alias LearningToDive, explores a trip hop angle with a touch of Terry Hall influence, creating a dark yet optimistic soundscape.
The single showcases Bonez’s prowess as a songwriter and composer, with additional production by Greg Haver (known for his work with Manic Street Preachers and Mel C) and engineering/mixing by Clint Murphy (recognized for collaborations with Enter Shikari and 50 Cent). Featuring mesmerizing trumpet melodies and a recurring call and refrain of “I will believe you now,” “Trust in Me” elicits raw emotions and offers solace to gaslighting victims, assuring them that there is someone who believes their truth.
Recorded at PureSound Studios in New Zealand, this powerful track has been masterfully crafted by the renowned Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in Nashville, USA. Bonez’s project, LearningToDive, delves into weightier themes and complex layers, setting it apart from his usual retro or lo-fi focused endeavors.
Gaslighting, a form of psychological manipulation that denies an individual’s reality, often occurs in abusive relationships or situations where the victim’s suffering is dismissed by close friends or authority figures. “Trust in Me” serves as a poignant message to those enduring gaslighting, offering support and validation.
Bonez humbly acknowledges the unconscious influence of the late Terry Hall, former member of The Specials, Fun Boy Three, and The Colourfield, on this track. While “Trust in Me” leans more toward trip hop than ska or pop, Bonez recognizes certain vocal delivery and production elements that channel the spirit of Terry Hall’s work.
With additional vocals by Alba Rose and drums by Greg Haver, “Trust in Me” represents a powerful collaboration that combines exceptional talent and thoughtful composition. As Bonez delves into deeper societal and existential themes through his LearningToDive project, he continues to leave an indelible mark on the music scene. Prepare to be captivated by the emotional depth and sonic allure of Bravo Bonez’s latest offering, “Trust in Me.”