Track Of The Day 28/3 - I Like Trains

Leeds Conceptualists Return
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Not many people tackle the concept album any more.

Not many people have the stamina, bravery or belief to fuse their music together into one, lingering idea. Yet I Like Trains do nothing but, with each album focussing on one central concept.

This time round, I Like Trains have decided to focus on the modern world's love / hate relationship with technology. Their third full length to date, 'The Shallows' finds the band moving in a slightly different direction.

Recorded in Wales with Richard Formby at the controls, 'The Shallows' is a complex, under-stated exploration of how technology interacts with everyday life. Finding the band moving further away from rock music than they have perhaps dared to before, I Like Trains fuse electronics with their always ambitious sound.

Lead single 'Mnemosyne' is a case in point. Originally a Greek goddess symbolising memory, the name has also been used by a computer program.

Designed as an aid for memory, I Like Trains flip this notion on its head and present a world where the imagination is digitised. 'Mnemosyne' is both a dream and nightmare - a place where no one forgets and no one needs to remember.

One of the central points of 'The Shallows' the single received its first place on Radio 1 recently. Now ClashMusic can present the first online stream - we can't help but wonder what I Like Trains feel about having their music frozen in eternity...

Listen to it now.

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