As Record Store Day is just over, one of this year's RSD highlight releases was definitely the new record by Maryland's Trans Am, the post rock veterans who have well stood the test of time and many years after their bloom, have proven that are still in great form.
California Hotel is Trans Am's first album since Volume X from 2014 and for it the band claims to have drawn major influence from acts such as My Bloody Valentine, John Carpenter, DAF, Led Zeppelin, Air, Sade and David Gilmore. The album's title is an obvious reference to Eagles and their late founder, Glenn Frey who passed away last year. A new addition to the band's always daring attitude and evolving savvy which has led them from post rock to heavier sounds, to a more technical progressive spirit and even lo-fi and electronica, California Hotel exactly by being unconventional, makes perfect sense for a new Trans Am release.
The new album was just released through Thrill Jockey on translucent gold virgin vinyl only (comes with a download code). Listen below...
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