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    Trin Tran – “Far Reaches, The” – [Castle Face Records]

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    Catchy and infectious like a virus from outer space, or like
    a one-man band from Earth, Trin Tran may have one foot in
    Madison, WI and one foot on San Fran. He does *not* have
    one foot on the accelerator, as his songs take their time
    to squeeze in your ears and past the blood-brain barrier,
    songs sturdily built on art damaged synth lines and broken
    guitar that adds a sweet abrasiveness, like chocolate-covered
    tumbleweeds. Both synth and guitar root out some great
    simple punk riffs which then fit perfectly with his odd
    and sublime vocals. Distorted and ranty, sometimes going
    OCD on a phrase, like the killer lead off “Fashion Has
    Happened To Fashion!” you don’t need to be Heidi Klum or
    some other scary monster to find the truth in that. His
    voice, and the lyrics too, almost feel like an alien mind
    figuring out how to work fleshy mouth and peculiar world
    that have been snatched along with Steve Coombs body.
    The overall sum here exceeds the difficult to keep all
    parts going at the same time (Trin Tran gets help here
    from der Deerhoofer John Dieterich, and live others join
    in the band apparently including Coombs guitar-slinging son!
    So very good, exceeding the promise of “Dark Radar” and
    calling for an unearthing of some old Xerobot songs KFJC
    has (an earlier project before Trin Tran got his wires
    installed and crossed). What is this you ask? Maybe Felix
    Kubin built a gumball machine with just six pieces of
    poison candy in it? Criswell joined Devo? “Hearts Are Serious”
    has a break that sounds like that old Warner Brothers cartoon
    dog that would inquire “Duh, which way did he go George,
    which way did he go.” This nails the the smart/stupid
    crossover as good as anything in a long time. Rarely am
    I pissed to have a picture disk on one side, but I would
    have traded that and an Oscar Gamble baseball card to
    have another 6 mini miracles (with more lyrics, perhaps
    further investigating the anaconda/cougar dichotomy
    elaborated upon in the title track here). I even love the
    name which without any other info I would have expected
    some sappy Vietnamese cupcake lovesongs (and maybe he’s
    got those up his shielded sleeve.) Get on board now
    and enjoy Trin Tran before he opens for a David Bowie
    hologram tour in a few years.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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