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Trans Am, ‘Sex Change’ (Thrill Jockey)

Once the Atari 2600 of the post-rock scene, D.C.’s Trans Am now allow their metronomic rhythms to loosen up and go disco when the mood suits. Primarily instrumental — with an occasional chanting vocal — their eighth album never rests in one spot. “Conspiracy of the Gods” could be Mission of Burma recast as prog rock; “4,738 Regrets” marries a jangly ’80s new-wave riff to a kraut-rock groove; “Exit Management Solution” briefly channels New Order. For kicks, Sex Change should come with a reference manual.

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