Updated: May 24
With new album Dance To The Drum Machine due for release shortly, the second single and video are out now
Track: Fallen Devil
Band: The Swedish Railway Orchestra
Released: May 18 2022
Fallen Devil is the second single taken from TSRO's upcoming album Dance To The Drum Machine and back to a more uptempo floor filler after the brilliantly gothic melancholy of first single The Ballhaus. And in a nice old school touch there's a b side too - Mickey Money - which is a gorgeous slice of psychedelia with a bass line worthy of The Beatles' Rain.
The Swedish Railway Orchestra is the project of Dublin musician and producer Rob Smith. During the Corona pandemic he decided to do a guitar-based album as The Reprobates which was (and I quote Rob directly here) "...absolute madness. Being locked down at home made me do crazy things. Whole album is 20 mins long."
One of the originals (it also includes a cover of The Fall's Big New Prinz) is a track called I Don’t Want To Know What’s Her Problem - a two minute blast of garage punk. It's right here on Spotify
Rob takes up the story: "I challenged myself to see if I could turn that song into a disco/electro song for the TSRO project. The result is Fallen Devil, and the driving anthem you hear now."
It is a veritably giddy slice of electro pop. Arpeggiated synths and live drums mesh perfectly and a cow bell drives the track on to the super catchy 'oh la la' refrain. So far so Goldfrapp and then a tasty rhythm guitar worthy of Nile Rodgers finishes the track most satisfyingly. With a delicious nightclub set B&W video to accompany it.
The new album Dance To The Drum Machine is set for a vinyl release on July 27th 2022. We talked to Rob about the TSRO project and how he makes his music in our recent podcast.
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