Pixies - Trompe Le Monde

4AD

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Trompe Le Monde is the fourth studio album by Pixies, originally released in 1991 on 4AD, and the final studio album with bassist Kim Deal (The Breeders). 

The album book-ended a golden run of landmark records that began with their 1987 debut mini-album, C'mon Pilgrim, followed in quick succession by 1988's Surfer Rosa, 1989's Doolittle, and 1990's Bossanova, cementing Pixies as one of the best bands in a generation. 

Translated from French to mean ‘fool the world’, Trompe Le Monde showed the band still restless to push their sound forward. Recorded between Burbank, Paris and London, with producer Gil Norton again at the controls, it is arguably their most playful album, with Black Francis’s lyrics on UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird. 

Featuring singles ‘Planet of Sound,’ ‘Alec Eiffel,’ ‘Letter to Memphis,’ and a flawless cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Head On,’ Trompe Le Monde goes full throttle with fifteen tracks coming in a quickfire forty-minute salvo, but proved to be the end of the band's first act, as it would be over a decade before the band played live again, and over than two decades until their next album. 

To celebrate the album's thirtieth anniversary, 4AD will release a limited edition pressing on marbled-green vinyl. 

 

"Inhabiting the no-mans-land between self-implosion and commercial breakthrough whilst straddling a rare thin line between the accessible and impassable, the occasion had come for glaring contrasts to meld on a release that never once pauses for a second to consider its own incongruity. Though returning to the brazen Sturm und Drang of their earlier output on several tracks, Trompe Le Monde also burst forth with slick, forward-moving momentum. In subverting the implied criterion to be one or the other - brash or sweet - Pixies decided to be both and more" - The Quietus 

 

TRACKLIST: 
  1. Trompe Le Monde 
  2. Planet Of Sound 
  3. Alec Eiffel 
  4. The Sad Punk 
  5. Head On 
  6. U-Mass 
  7. Palace Of The Brine 
  8. Leetter To Memphis 
  9. Bird Dream Of The Olympus Mons 
  10. Space (I Believe In) 
  11. Subbacultcha 
  12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time 
  13. Lovely Day 
  14. Motorway To Roswell 
  15. The Navajo Know 

 

 

also available:
Pixies - Come On Pilgrim   mini-LP 
Pixies - Surfer Rosa   LP | CD 
Pixies - Doolittle   LP | CD | BLU-RAY 
Pixies - Bossanova   LP | CD 
Pixies - Hear Me Out    12" 

 

see also: 
The Breeders - Pod   LP | CD 
The Breeders - Safari   12" EP 
The Breeders - Last Splash  LP |CD 
The Breeders - Title TK   LP | CD 
The Breeders - Mountain Battles   LP | CD 
The Breeders - All Nerve   LP | CD 
The Amps - Pacer   LP 

 

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