Gearing up to release their new album, Althaea next week on the 11th August, experimental indie pop-rockers Trailer Trash Tracys are taking us through the songs they love. The perfect summer soundtrack, the nine tracks featured below are designed to take us on an adventure across the globe. In the band’s own words: “Get transported to the Pacific on a cruise ship with this playlist of our favourite Asian tropical gems coming out of Japan in the 70s and 80s. Listen and feel the salty breeze in your hair while looking into the blood orange sun slowly setting in the horizon whilst sipping on a cheap drink.”
PLAYLIST: TRAILER TRASH TRACYS
A look at the band’s fave tropical tracks.
Mariah – “Soko kara”
Taking rhythms from Japanese tropical carnival music, Mariah rolls out the red carpet before we cut ribbons and set sail.
Haroumi Hosono – “Hurricane Dorothy”
Hosono seems to have an infatuation for tropical cruise music which might have something to do with him being the grandson of the only Japanese Titanic survivor that was condemned by his country for surviving. Hosono is the maestro of off-kilter production and off key singing.
Seaside Lovers – “Lovers Paradise”
A perfect theme tune for anything, we used it for a film club night we put on monthly in London.
Ichiko Hashimoto – “Cinnamon and Clove”
This is not just an average bossanova track; it feels wonky with interesting sonic synth chops and sung in broken English.
Naoya Matsuoka – “Watermelon Dandies”
Jimmy played this on NTS Radio once and the DJ host was so embarrassed he cut it short. To this day we can’t understand why. We questioned our taste for a moment!
Makoto Matsushita – “First Light”
Inspirational popping bass with a genius bilingual touch. A chorus that lifts you above mast and to the sky.
Yamasuki – “Yama Yama” (1971)
We would have loved to be part of the eccentric ensemble that recorded this. It must have been a lot of fun channeling the cosmos together like that.
Seaside Lovers – “Wind, Wave & Wineglass”
From the LP Memories In Beach House that features compositions from different Japanese songwriters, all tropical masters.
Akira Inoue – “Adrian Blue”
There is an Arabic flavour to this Japanese/Tropical/80s track, just to make it more confusing yet amazing. The cruise ship hits dock, anchored for the entertainment, make- up smeared cabaret band play whilst we eat a buffet of jelly rolls with lobster.