New album: Personal Trainer || Big Love Blanket

A band name is something to take seriously, so it seemed appropriate to do my sports rounds with Big Love Blanket by Personal Trainer on the headphones this weekend. A motivating experience, worth repeating. The Amsterdam-based indie rock collective around founder Willem Smit (Canshaker Pi, Palio Superspeed Donkey, Steve French) had already impressed with their dynamic live shows, and their highly anticipated full-length debut album lives up to the high expectations. Each of the ten songs – they’ve slowly but surely come to full maturity during the countless concerts – is different, exciting and unpredictable. The subgenres and good ideas tumble over each other without causing a mess, sounds that would be out of place elsewhere do work here. Signature song The Lazer is an indestructible hit, but almost every other tune is also memorable. Willem Smit (vocals), Abel Tuinstra (keys, samples, trombone), Kilian Kayser (percussion), Ruben van Weegberg (bass), Kick Kluiving (drums), Franti Maresova (guitar) and Leon Harms (guitar) know how to transfer their unbridled energy to their audience.

Big Love Blanket is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through The Industry/Konkurrent.

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