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Extraterrestrial easy-listening: the debut album we’ve been waiting for from Trudy and the Romance.

Trudy and the Romance - Sandman

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B3SCI Records

release date

May 24, 2019

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Trudy and the Romance - Sandman

Extraterrestrial easy-listening: the debut album we’ve been waiting for from Trudy and the Romance.

Having teased their fans with a few recent singles, the complete release is finally here. Sandman is twelve tracks of Liverpool-based Trudy and the Romance's speciality hazy, nostalgic blend.

Essentially, Sandman is a concept album; the tracks follow the turbulent love between Little Johnny, the original doo-wop spaceman, and his darling, Sweet Emma. You’d be forgiven for having these ideas pass you by - even frontman Olly Taylor admits the theme is woven in rather subtly. However, in many ways it is refreshing to see an album avoid the cliched blatancy of a concept that's more common in the field than not. The creativity and originality is there in such a way that can still be applied on a personal level to the listener.

Eponymous track ‘Sandman’ is an instant standout. With bounding energy and Taylor’s trademark dreamy vocals, it’s a rush of intense emotion and euphoria.

Toe-tapping single ‘Doghouse’ also makes a welcome appearance. Twinkling riffs and a reworked fifties vibe put Trudy and the Romance onto another winner. Read our thoughts on other pre-released single and penultimate track ‘The Original Doo-Wop Spaceman’ here.

‘That’s Not Me’ (not a Skepta cover) will have you swooning and blue in all its delicate thoughtfulness. Trudy and the Romance have a particular talent for channelling the unadulterated intensity of heartbreak through their tender tracks. ‘Midnight’s Blue Girl’ is another brooding, jangly amalgamation of the band’s brilliant sensitivity.

Sandman is an other-worldly juxtaposition of exuberance and melancholy. Its release on 24/05/19 comes just in time as it will no doubt be a fitting soundtrack to lazing around over the forthcoming summer nights (accompanying astronaut attire optional).

Trudy and the Romance by Chloe Sheppard

Watch the spacemen come to life at any of their upcoming tour dates.

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