Trailer Trash Tracys
Ester


3.0
good

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
January 15th, 2012 | 15 replies | 2,191 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can you hear me, Major Tom?

First off, Trailer Trash Traycs is a poor and poorly suited name. It evokes, to this mind at least, some kind of punky, noisy rock outfit of some variation or another. The sounds of this London outfit’s debut LP, Ester, couldn’t be further from that suggestion. The sound is almost the audio equivalent of the hazy, blurry artwork adorning the sleeve - a trippy, gurgled collage of synthetic atmospheres and sparse, angular bass/lead intrusions, meshing into an overall cauldron of spacy lo-fi noise.

‘Rolling Kiss The Universe’ opens the set on an jarring, abstract note – all background drums thrashing odd rhythms and almost-funky bass chords filtering in through misty smokescreens of countless odd noises, spacy synth warbles and indefinable vocal wails. The cut segues into one of the strongest offerings seamlessly, demonstrating what an interconnected debut this is. ‘You Wish You Were Red’ sees Susanne Aztoria’s reverb laden vocals married to an extremely simple but hooky chord which eventually evolves into a more fluid, but nonetheless tampered with riff.

It’s an interesting sound for sure and is dense enough to warrant hits of the repeat button, but as the set rolls on it becomes apparent that variety and distinction are supremely valuable qualities for a young indie group to adopt – especially one who wanders so freely into space as much as the Traycs do here. The problem is not in the sound itself but rather that such a sound rarely gets contained enough to feature memorable melodies – TTT are merely gazing into space at times and can’t or won’t shift their telescope.

Such a notion holds Ester back from higher praise but the fact remains that there’s oodles of potential (literally) floating around in the airwaves here. When they clear out the murkiness somewhat and find way for a little more melody, TTT deliver the goods, presenting a genuinely interesting dream-pop sound, as per ‘Starlatine’, and the even stronger ‘Candy Girl’. When they focus their sound and reel it in from orbit the results become more compelling, in other words.

Regardless of its downfalls, Ester remains an intriguing, brisk 33 minute shuttle ride through a dense and sometimes brilliant dreamscape, and definitely ensures the TTT’s are one to watch in the coming years. If only these tripped-out Londoners could find a way to contact ground control and grasp the balance between spacy experimentation and pop melody a little more firmly, they may just find which way their spaceship needs to go in order to reach an audience and deliver a little more substance.

Recs:
‘Rolling Kiss the Universe’, ‘You Wish You Were Red’, ‘Starlatine’, ‘Candy Girl’, ‘Turkish Heights’.



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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stream: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/jan/03/trailer-trash-tracys-ester-stream

Interesting one this, released tomorrow but stream is obviously up. Close to a 3.5 but i'm happy with the 3 ultimately from the reasons in review. Enjoy, check out the track recs and share your thoughts.

Tyrael
January 15th 2012



20828 Comments


Good review man, short & sweet

pos'd

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks dude. Think you'll check this one out or not?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Saw them open for The Vaccines a couple of weeks back; god, they were boring

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely not a live sound from my estimations. There's a chance you might still like something here. Check out the intro track and the one that comes after ('Rolling Kiss The Universe') and if those two don't do anything for you then the rest wont haha.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Probably won't, but at least it'll raise my objectivity rating :p

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, thinking in Sputnik terms are we? I know what that's like - seriously can't listen to a new album without thinking of what i'm gonna rate it.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



6443 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I do try to appreciate and enjoy an album as fully as possible and let it sink in before I rate it, but lately I've given albums a rating after two listens, because I know I won't be coming back to them. Always nice to find a welcome exception though (like that Cloud Nothings record).

Eko
January 15th 2012



2119 Comments


nice review. I heard Candy Girl on Sirius when I was in a rental car last week, review sounds about like what I'd imagine this to be.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks bro. That's one of the best on here so if that wasn't intrguing enough i'd pass on this.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review as ever Tom. I'll give this a try later.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks bud. To say its defo a 3 i've got a lot of use out of this album past couple of days.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is more or less spot on. I found some of this really enjoyable but for now they seem like a band with bags of potential rather than the final product.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, glad you agree. Spun this a fair bit and it's frustrating because you can get a picture of how good they could be. Time will tell, i guess.

chtrenne
August 4th 2012



75 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The songs definitely blend together (and not in a good way), but I have to give them at least a 3, if only for Candy Girl. Great idea... poorly executed. Too bad.



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