First appeared in the Rowan College Whit 04.11.98
Washington, D.C.'s Trans Am pulls you into a world of Texas
Instrument keyboards and samplers. With Future World (on
Thrill Jockey) Trans Am broadens its outlook even more then last
year's The Surveillance
With Trans Am's past albums, it's easy to draw comparisons
to the Krautrock of Kraftwerk, Can and Faust or the classic rock
of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, but as much as those two genres
are represented, Future World also brings in a touch of drum'n'bass
as well as pieces of Devo.
The real shock on Future World is that, for the first time,
the group actually uses vocals. Although they are electronically
manipulated, they add an eeriness and computer-like sterility
to the music. Overall, the vocals are just another instrument
for the band to play with.
This change may be a result of the band producing themselves
(instead of past producer John McEntire). McEntire worked well
on the bands previous releases, but Trans Am seems to have a clearer
musical identity now than before.
Trans Am has shown its level of commitment by not only producing
a record only a year after its last, but producing one of such
high quality and creativity.
Written By: Paul B.