Tram is the London-based duo of Paul Anderson and Nick Avery, whose
Heavy Black Frame (Jetset, 1999) offers subdued, melancholy, minimal
dirges in the "slo-core" vein of Codeine,
Red House Painters, wrapped in the depressed
singer-songwriters such as Smog.
Occasionally highlighted by oboe (Thibault De Montford) and other acoustic
instruments, the songs are personal and absolute in the way Nick Drake and
Tim Buckley were
(Nothing Left to Say, I've Been Here Before, Expectations,
Reason Why, When It's All Over).
The instrumentals Like Clockwork and You Can Go Now are
fascinating while incomplete.
the joke is on them on Frequently Asked Questions (Jetset, 2001),
a major disappointment that reveals how cruelly dated and superficial their
The jazz and the orchestral elements are further emphasized on
A Kind Of Closure (Jetset, 2002), which marks a compromise, or, better
a complete retreat, from their original program. The instrumentals are still
the best portion of the album (The Hope Has Been Taken Away) but most
of it is occupied with atmospheric songs
(Forlorn Labour, Only Then) that simply return to pop's
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