Trin Tran

Far Reaches

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The incredibly brief Far Reaches EP comes after more than a decade of development from Madison, Wisconsin-based one-man band Trin Tran. Formerly the drummer for mid-'90s high-energy rockers Xerobot, Steve Coombs started Trin Tran in 2001 when he was offered an opening spot on a gig with touring friends and had no band to back him up. That show, which saw Coombs don a makeshift robot costume and play guitar, drums, and keyboards at once while singing, gave way to years of basement recordings and local shows. Some of those recordings saw release to a greater audience when San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall discovered Trin Tran in the early 2010s and released an LP's worth of archival material. Far Reaches differs somewhat from Trin Tran's earlier material, though Coombs' songwriting remains steeped in the nervous post-punk energy of greats like Devo and the Fall. Tunes like the slow-burning "Fashion Has Happened to Fashion" and the synth punk ripper "Hearts Are Serious" see brassy direct-input guitar lines exploding in fits of noise over tightly wound drum machine beats. Strange syncopated parts pop up in almost every song, creating a strange cyborg-esque approach that's too noticeably shaky-handed to ever be the result of rigidly programmed beats. The oddball faux-French madman vocals of the title track and the lurching album closer "Your World" inject plenty of bizarre variety to the short-lived EP, fleshing out the synth punk ragers with experiments in multiple personalities and emotional exploration.

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