Magazine article New Internationalist

Liberation

Magazine article New Internationalist

Liberation

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by Trans Am

(Thrill Jockey THRILL144 CD/LP)

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Police sirens, guns, rotor blades: for Washington DC's Trans Am it's the sound of their homeland gone mad. Liberation is loaded with such sounds, collaged into a soundtrack that resonates with tense menace. Liberation (its title can only be a cruel joke) is not an optimistic album, but as an election-year release from a band that commands an influential position on an increasingly politicized American indie scene, it's certainly interesting. Actually, more than that. A trio whose previous six albums have slid around between electronic and rock genres, Trans Am have - in a combination of drum machines, guitars and saturnine synth lines - really gelled here.

Once past a shaky start, Liberation warms to its political theme: America as a police state and Bush as Darth Vader. …

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