Album Review TRAAMS - personal best4 Stars
It’s one for the late night coach rides; for the wee, contemplative hours spent staring through black windows.
TRAAMS’ first LP in seven years, ‘personal best’ represents a triumphant emergence from protracted hibernation. An album of teeth-grinding kosmische grit, tracing slumbrous, psychic ascension one overdrive-grumble at a time, the Chichester outfit herein transfigure a matured collection of understated anthems, dominated by oblique drum machines and soft-bellied motorik. Restricted by lockdown, they were only able to write at night at hushed volumes due to the confines of their rehearsal space - vocalist Stu Hopkins’ workplace. Epitomising this prevailing atmosphere is cornerstone ‘Breathe’: a nine-minute Krautrock transcendence including lyrics that could be used to summarise the group’s withdrawal and return: “We were crashing / But we’re working / Just refining / Our process.” Mixing things up with Joy Division-ed abrasions, (‘Dry’; ‘Shield’), or the muted intensity of ‘The Light at Night’ (featuring Protomartyr’s Joe Casey with a manic evangelical vocal), ‘personal best’ wades through its lamp-lit, murky side-alleys, sounding monumental, yet always keeping to the shadows. It’s one for the late night coach rides; for the wee, contemplative hours spent staring through black windows.
TRAAMS share new track ‘Comedown’
Their new album ‘personal best’ lands later this week.
TRAAMS share new track ‘Breathe’
The track gets taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Personal Best’.
TRAAMS announce new album ‘personal best’
Check out new single ‘The Light At Night’ now.
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