After kicking up a storm in 2009 with ‘Candy Girl’, building up their fan base in 2010 and signing with Double Six Records in 2011, Trailer Trash Tracys are finally releasing their debut album Ester in January 2012, and has it been definitely worth the wait.

The whole record from start to finish takes you through the kaleidoscopic journey that is Ester, pitched to the slightly (illustrious) pretentious solfeggio scale (apparently, western instruments are not pitched to this scale), it moves from the unencumbered nebulousness of ‘Rolling- Kiss the Universe’ to ‘Dies in 55’ which seemingly drips in dreamlike romanticism, to the laidback simmer of album finisher ‘Turkish Heights’.

Supposedly being dubbed as one of the ‘it’ bands of 2012, you would imagine TTTs have a lot to live up to. However, with their unworldly melodies, the elegant vocals of Susanne Aztoria, and quite simply the sheer excellence of the whole record, they’ve nothing to worry about. With highlights of the album being ‘You Wish You Were Red’, ‘Dies In 55’ ‘Los Angered’ and ‘Candy Girl’, they alone are enough to entice any listener. Aztoria’s delicate voice floating above the reverb beneath it provides the brilliant juxtaposition of her almost insouciance with the busier music of tracks like ‘Engelheardt’s Arizona’. Personal contentment was achieved when 2009’s ‘Candy Girl’ made it on to Ester. To new listeners, this merely shows a different aspect of TTTs, a varying avenue to their psychedelia, but to ‘longer’ listeners, the subtle changes between the old and the new are apparent, and the ever-so-slight expansion is discernible. Though still harmonious, there seems to be a darker edge to it, with a denser snare drum.

You probably wouldn’t be able to tell, TTTs are indeed perfectionists, and recording the whole thing themselves brought a lot of control and pressure. 2012 should hold huge things for Trailer Trash Tracys, especially with the year opening with the release of Ester. It is genuinely difficult to pull out the negatives of this album; it’s pacifying yet rhapsodic, and it’s all fused together in what seems to be another chromatic dimension.