Trans Am

Trans Am have always had a relatively esoteric identity, so it’s hard to know if the band are being sincere when they claim that Thing was originally commissioned as a “sci-fi horror adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.” Regardless of its inspiration, the album is evidence that this electro-inflected rock band haven’t lost any of their spark since their debut disc 14 years ago. Thing is teeming with droning, synth-driven romps like “Naked Singularity” and ambient vocoder-inflected tracks like “Apparent Horizon.” The album’s largest merit is the fact that once you peel back the layers of its 12 tracks, you’ll realize they’re far more complex than they initially appear—and that aural depth is ultimately what makes Thing such a satisfying listen.

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