Trade Secrets

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Trade Secrets returns with the second EP in their highly anticipated series THESE OTHER LIVES on January 22nd. Released through Distortion Productions LLC, THESE OTHER LIVES PART TWO dives deeper into what band member Charles Labarbara describes as “trademark lush soundscapes while constantly retaining our pop sensibilities.” Thematically, the EP, according to Damien Polak “is a bridge between the cold and the warmth, the joy and the melancholy of a person’s mind. It tells about life and everything we are.”

“Where the first chapter of ‘These Other Lives’ felt like it was about slipping in and out of different skins, this one’s more haunted by projection: longing for the lives we never got to live under lockdown,” says Peter Riley, who sings on what the band consider to be their first genuine ballad, LEFT BEHIND, which he describes as “…a song about people trapped in close quarters—isolated, but eating each other alive emotionally. Mutual jailers who have thrown away the keys.”

Lead single GLYPHIC once again sees the band heading into dance territory, but the themes of the songs remain consistent with their previous work. According to Polak, Glyphic tackles “…mixed emotions; something virtual becoming real. Like something that is not supposed to happen finally becomes obvious.”

Trade Secrets are once again joined by James Meays of Missing Words, who co-wrote LEFT BEHIND, and the EP sees the Trade Secrets debut of vocalist Stellios Maroulis, who according to Labarbara “brings a unique depth and texture to the mix with his emotive voice” on the first song of the EP, FIVE THINGS.

The band was already used to working remotely since its inception, but the events of the past year lent a new, deeper element to the songs. “I like how people who are miles away are able to make something that personal,” says Polak. “I don't see it just as something well-crafted, but something deep and meaningful. And that's what makes things last forever”

Labarbara sums it up when he says “What began with uncertainty and longing in Part One ends with greater confidence and wisdom in Part Two.”

Later in 2021, the entire project will be collected into a limited edition CD that will contain bonus tracks and remixes that will be available exclusively on the physical release and the band’s bandcamp page.
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Albums

DST 034 Trade Secrets - Before We Vanish album art Trade Secrets Before We Vanish(CD, Album) Distortion Productions DST 034 US 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRO10001-1 Trade Secrets - I Know You Got Soul album art Trade Secrets Feat. Eric B. & Rakim Trade Secrets Feat. Eric B. & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul (Single) Prompt PRO10001-1 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
CDAIRB002 Trade Secrets - Rock It album art Trade Secrets Rock It (Single) Airborne CDAIRB002 UK 1999 Sell This Version
DST 031 Trade Secrets - ONLY YOU (君だけ ): The Remixes  album art Trade Secrets ONLY YOU (君だけ ): The Remixes (File, MP3, Single) Distortion Productions DST 031 US 2017
DST 029 Trade Secrets - Golden Life album art Trade Secrets Golden Life(CD, EP) Distortion Productions DST 029 US 2017 Sell This Version
DST 032 Trade Secrets - Deaux (The Remixes) album art Trade Secrets Deaux (The Remixes)(File, MP3, Single) Distortion Productions DST 032 US 2017
DST 043 Trade Secrets - TRUE NORTH (The Remixes) album art Trade Secrets TRUE NORTH (The Remixes)(File, MP3, EP) Distortion Productions DST 043 2018
DST 051 Trade Secrets - Games album art Trade Secrets Games(File, MP3, Single) Distortion Productions DST 051 2019
DST 044 Trade Secrets - Answers (The Remixes) album art Trade Secrets Answers (The Remixes)(CD, Mini) Distortion Productions DST 044 2019 Sell This Version
DST 058 Trade Secrets - These Other Lives Part One  album art Trade Secrets These Other Lives Part One (4xFile, MP3, WAV, EP) Distortion Productions DST 058 US 2020
DST 065 Trade Secrets - These Other Lives Part Two album art Trade Secrets These Other Lives Part Two(4xFile, MP3, WAV, EP) Distortion Productions DST 065 US 2021
DST 068 Trade Secrets - Lost In The Stars (These Other Remixes) album art Trade Secrets Lost In The Stars (These Other Remixes)(6xFile, MP3, EP) Distortion Productions DST 068 2021

Compilations

DST 069 Trade Secrets - These Other Lives  album art Trade Secrets These Other Lives (CD, Comp) Distortion Productions DST 069 US 2021 Sell This Version