the transcendants - common ground EP

'common ground' is the latest in a series of EPs by new zealand band the trancendents that they release digitally for free or for a small price on vinyl. this is my favorite one yet. the songs are lofi repetitive grooves that provide a track for an almost hip-hop style of talk-singing and story telling. some tunes are book ended by samples of what sounds like dialogue from television, for a vibe of postmodern dissonance.


these can come in a punk or very nearly country form. the trancsendents have been honing in on this sound over their past few releases, on this one they nail it. i especially like the melancholy vibes of 'polly's running out of patience', with its emotive central guitar riff, but i love the whole EP.



get it here, digital or vinyl.