Trans Am – I’ll never (album version, Volume X & alternate version after JAMC)

It’s not often you get to compare two versions of the same song, by the same band, at the same time. And it’s even rarer to find that each version is as intriguing as the other. But that's what Trans Am have done.

We first played the "alternate version" of the song on the show a couple of weeks ago. It’s a straightforward homage to The Jesus & Mary Chain, an exultant fuzzball of energy with a thrilling krautrock aftertaste.

The album version shapes the simple three chord trick into a doomy, post punk/new wave creature with vocoder vocals, as if Phil Spector was reimagined in a tin can. There's a poignant air to it that's really impressive.

Whichever way you cut it, it’s stirring stuff and will be featuring in plenty more playlists before the summer is out.

Trans Am - I'll Never from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.


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