Trailer Trash Tracys – Ester Trailer Trash Tracys – Ester

Able to incorporate the best parts of My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and Warpaint, Trailer Trash Tracys‘ (from here on TTT) sound can at times sound quite different to anything else around at the moment- which is ironic, given such a list of influences. Female vocals and distortion-mangled guitars are nothing new, but there is a sense throughout Ester that TTT’s songwriting comes from a band with its head in the clouds; almost like a dreary, UK-based Flaming Lips.

The skeptic might say that this is the obvious impression that a band with largely indecipherable vocals would give off, and they may have a point. Suzanna Aztoria’s presence is constantly at the forefront of Ester, and is undoubtedly invaluable in giving the album it’s ethereal feel. But it’s hard not to wonder if this atmosphere would have been in any way affected if we were able to make out what she was saying. This is a minor quibble though- the major fault lies when TTT sacrifice solid songwriting for atmosphere. And because of the heights that Ester reaches on the likes of the glittering ‘Dies In 55’ and the gloom pop of ‘You Wish You Were Red’, these cracks appear all the wider. But it’s the standout ‘Candy Girl’ that really puts the rest to shame. Whilst the Twin Peaks theme tune will forever be the elephant in the room on this track, (and indeed throughout much of the album) it’s a fantastic song that points to everything that’s right about what TTT are trying to do. Such effortless clarity displayed here makes you scratch your head as to why “Starlatine” and “Black Circle” were considered to be of the same calibre. There’s no doubting that the band have achieved an album rich with atmosphere and feeling, but there’s also no doubting that consistent songwriting has also been sacrificed in order to do so.

Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester, reviewed by Lemon on 2012-01-13T12:10:53-08:00 rating 3.3 out of 5

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