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Yo! FatCat superstars Traams return with an EP to tide us over until record number two. I’m biased when it comes to these lads, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about what I consider to be one the strongest three-piece line-up’s I’ve had the pleasure of sharing bills with over the last couple of years. Their debut was jammed with hooky numbers and the efficiency of the group will always appeal to me. ‘Cissa’ continues where their debut left off with six tracks of confidently executed free-flowing pop-conscious indie/psych rock hybrids. The rhythm section holds the fort (gallantly) leaving singer/guitarist Stuart Hopkins to roam freely between the grooves adding joyous melodic textures and vocal outbursts where he sees fit giving the groups rugged backbone a strange sense of fluidity.
Stand out’s include opener ‘Giddy’ that touches on the playfulness of Deerhoof (quietly integrating into their patented formula) and closer/title track ‘Cissa’ that sees them in full on psych mode that brings to mind Mazes recent ‘Ores And Minerals’ vibe. It’s a big krautrock inspired tune that’ll no doubt make an excellent gig closer. My only issue with ‘Cissa’ is that they’ve smashed the hell out of the master so it’s a bit harsh on the ear. Still, guess that makes it all the more exciting, especially if your ears are fresh and ready for a beating.
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