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Boomkat Product Review:
It's been quite a while since we last saw post-Kraut-rock veterans Trans Am but by the sounds of it they've been pretty busy on this little beast.
Apparently whilst recording it the band were so pushed for time (flitting between Australia, the UK and the USA) that they came up with a series of cards called "Obscene Strategies". You may remember that Brian Eno came up with the "Oblique Strategies" for recording engineers, which was a series of suggestions to help their creative juices flow, well the "Obscene Strategies" are something similar to this, yet a little more insane. So we have suggestions such as "Hose down the control room", "Leave the studio unlocked overnight" or "Rip off Black musicians".
As you can imagine the resulting album is something quite haphazard and quite knowingly zany. they've always been ready to mess around with the world's pre-conceptions but now they seem to be taking it one step too far. I have to respect the fact that the band genuinely sound like they're jamming and having a lot of fun with it, but all the crazy sonic tomfoolery and genre-based oddness it can be a little jarring. One minute you're listening to Georgio Moroder, the next you're listening to Iron Maiden, it's kind of offputting at times. One for those that like their music pickled just slightly too long, and like their post-rock with a twist of the very very weird indeed.