Travis - Where You Stand

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Where You Stand is the seventh studio album by Scottish rock band Travis, released in August 2013 by Red Telephone Box Records.

Toward the end of the 2000s, Travis started to sag under their own weight, as the group slowly grew more ponderous, and while it certainly can't be said that Where You Stand is effervescent, it is more nimble than either Ode or The Boy with No Name, and it boasts a greater variety of tempos and textures, as well. Travis acknowledges a few passing pop trends -- "Reminder" opens with a whistle that echoes Peter, Bjorn & John's "Young Folks" however fleetingly -- but the best moments arrive when they either kick up the tempo or turn up the amplifier. Oddly, this happens the most on the back half of the album, as they run through a tight glammy shuffle on "Warning Sign," pulse attractively on "Another Guy," flirt with a dark seductive groove on "New Shoes," and conclude with "On My Wall", their loudest song in years. This stretch of songs is the liveliest collection Travis has cut since the '90s, and it's heartening to hear them reconnect with some of the wilder aspects that informed their earliest records.

Where You Stand is a lovely reminder of just how good the quartet is at what it does. with a contemplative, grown-up disposition and instrumentation to match. Meticulous acoustic plucking, toned-down electric guitar, and majestic piano combine for rich melodies - bolstering the album’s jangly folk (“Mother”), power-pop (“On My Wall”), and sparkling rock (the chiming title track) - while the rhythm section of bassist Dougie Payne and drummer Neil Primrose subtly pushes the album’s songs forward.

As befitting the music, Fran Healy’s voice has a slightly weathered edge, although his singing is strong; he soars to the top of his range on “A Different Room” and “Moving”, and croons with the restraint and melisma of a cabaret singer on the piano ballad “The Big Screen”.

Despite these familiar touchstones, Where You Stand finds Travis venturing outside of its familiar musical zones. The cutting “Another Guy” pulls no punches as it describes someone’s affair being discovered, matching the horror of betrayal with clipped rhythms and minor-key melodies. The funky “New Shoes”, meanwhile, has a muddy hip-hop vibe, while the sparse piano and burbling production of “Boxes” conjures the lushness of major-label-era Death Cab For Cutie.

Where You Stand is both a compelling reintroduction to those who grew up (but may have lost touch) with Travis and comfort food for long time fans.

Check out the tracks: “Where You Stand”, “Moving” and “Mother”. 

This Limited Edition LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download is pressed in the EU on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Mother

3:58

A2

Moving

4:32

A3

Reminder

3:21

A4

Where You Stand

3:40

A5

Warning Sign

3:51

B1

Another Guy

3:41

B2

A Different Room

3:58

B3

New Shoes

3:33

B4

On My Wall

2:52

B5

Boxes

4:22

B6

The Big Screen

4:15

SKU 5055667602659
Record Label Red Telephone Box
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number PHONE010VL
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 19 August 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 19 August 2013
Barcode # 5055667602659
Shipping Weight 0.3350kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Format VINYL LP

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