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Album Review

Trans Am's 1999 release, Futureworld, showcases the band's love of retro-futurism and above all, rock. Songs like "Television Eyes" and "City in Flames" feature a churning mix of drums, guitars, and budget keyboards, giving the lie to Trans Am's "post-rock" label. More than anything, Futureworld is drummer Sebastian Thomson's album — his work on acoustic, electric, and programmed drums propels the music, particularly on the Teutonic "AM Rhein." As the album progresses, however, it becomes increasingly melodic and keyboard-driven, as the relatively gentle "Runners Standing Still" and "Sad and Young" attest. Throw in the poppy title track and "Cocaine Computer"'s sleazy, uptight disco, and the result is Futureworld, Trans Am's most diverse and accomplished work yet.

Customer Reviews

Music of the Future?

I have long been a fan of the group Trans Am and this album was pleasant company in my senior year of high school. Sebastian Thompson is one of the finest drummers around and his beats propel a fast paced mix of electronic post-rock yumminess.

Back to the Future

I think if Kraftwerk were a garage band they'd sound like this!

Whoever gives this album less than 5 stars is a nit!

Building off of their previous release (Surrender to the Night) Trans Am return with their best album to date, and perhaps ever. If you are a true fan this is high on the list, otherwise you have no idea what you are listening to.


Formed: 1990 in Washington DC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Trans Am are loosely associated with the mid-'90s post-rock scene centered around Tortoise, Ui, Labradford, Windy & Carl, etc., and the Thrill Jockey, Kranky, UHF, and Southern labels, among others. Although a vast distance separates Trans Am's albums, all of them are concerned with an extreme, somewhat humorous reorientation of the clichés and conventions of rock music, primarily through either technical (exaggerated displays of skill) or instrumental (electronics, effects) deviation. Formed in...
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