Trans Am / Volume X
Album: Volume X   Collection:General
Artist:Trans Am   Added:Jun 2014
Label:Thrill Jockey Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-06-20 Pull Date: 2014-08-22
Week Ending: Aug 17 Aug 10 Aug 3 Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jul 6 Jun 29
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 08, 2016: Life Aquatic
4. Aug 13, 2014: Brownian Motion
2. Mar 01, 2016: The Library
5. Aug 06, 2014: Brownian Motion
3. Nov 18, 2014: In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand: 1, 2, 3, 4!!!!
6. Aug 02, 2014: Music Casserole

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2014-06-18
Chicago trio that rose to underground fame in the mid-90’s along with all of Chicago post-rock (Tortoise, et al) in the same way all Seattle bands rose with Nirvana, even if they didn’t sound grunge. This band plays a killer brand of minimal yet complex rock, mostly instrumental, that incorporates bass synths, interesting synth/real drums, searing guitar and samples. Never afraid to to go balls-out you never know if they are going to chill in a Krautrock ambience next. First release in at least a decade (to my knowledge) and this comes out the gate running, is totally kick ass. Nice mix up of post-rock, Krautrock, noise, metal. Non-verbal centric.

1) (5:43) quiet fade-in to a pounding dirgey stoney plod rock juxtaposed over dreamy ethereal synths
2) (4:22) synth centered, strangely sampled instruments, spooky buried vocs, dark and ominous throughout
3) (4:01) Styx’esque synths bring this in, a triplet 5/3 thing going on in the beat that turns 4/4 at very end, Krautrock feel for sure
4) (1:27) cool simple drum beat buried under fucked up treatments, noise
5) (2:37) wall of sound driving, galloping w/ wanky guitar leads bordering on ironic hair metal spoof
6) (3:55) big mean bass synth over funky tribal simple upbeat synth beats
7) (2:14) big bad bass, heavy head nodding (real) drum beat
8) (4:34) vocoder effect on vocs very reminiscent of Joe Preston’s Thrones, big slow plodding music as well
9) (4:21) big minor toned synth rock, w/ killer ambient noise at the end
10) (4:48) out of place strummy acoustic guitars, very nice, kinda like post Barrett Pink Floyd before Waters started singing about his mommy issues

Track Listing
1. Anthropecene   6. Ice Fortress
2. Reevaluations   7. Failure
3. Night Shift   8. I'll Never
4. K Street   9. Megastorm
5. Backlash   10. Insufficiently Breathless