Into The Blu
Released 2014 on Perennial/K Records.
It is a cosmic collision, co-released by two Olympia, Washington, labels, Perennial and K Records. The best tracks on the album are those that stay closest to the harmony of light static noise from a TV, a synth that sounds like it was dipped in honey, and galactic sonic power. The title track is an epic incision into the silent air, and sounds like the sleepy daughter of Dan Deacon and Brian Eno. Ben Leonard’s cello on the track sounds like the gentle footsteps of a violet ghost. The lyrics to the song are the perfect spider web of words: “One day a sun will rise and take the grey out of the sky, just make sure you let him in.” Even though I am listening to some sweet Olympia, Washington, white dudes, the “him” in “let him in” might be an immortal lover, an idea, a poem in a dusty book, or a cool breeze on your face at the beach. The album’s warm, grainy quality makes any of those things possible.
It is the soundtrack for fall mornings or evenings, and it makes me want to be like Jodie Foster in Contact, listening to signals from space all day in a NASA hut on the beach somewhere. “If I Am Losing You” is the soundtrack for walking on a tightrope between heartbreak and freedom from someone you love but are also tied to. The key to this song: perfect digital delay on a synth sound. It is truly calling to the ghosts of Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle” and Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By,” except Trans FX is fixated on them being on Mars. It is incredible how everything braids together sound-wise. The vocals are always nestled in those impeccably delayed synth sounds and soft guitar strings; it’s like the best post-punk sound with a velvety cosmic Instagram filter over it. Shoegaze isn’t a good enough description for it.
- Victoria Ruiz