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File under: No WaveMutant


Trabant (LP)

Label: Purge

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

Preorder: 1/9/2024


Mega Tip! 300 copies. The cult bands' cult band: Trabant were formed in Hungary in 1980. The closest the group ever came to producing a record was in the form of a promotional 7” vinyl for a film in which the core members starred. At the centre of an anti-authoritarian—that is literally outlawed—underground music scene in Hungary, this film soundtrack represented an opportunity to distribute their music without acquiring the recording and distribution license demanded by the censorious Communist regime.

Trabant measured their own success through independence and fun, as a circle of artists recording a significant body of work with rudimentary recording equipment and instruments (much of which was purchased in a toy store), always behind closed doors. The band had an ever-changing line-up formed around co-founders Lukin Gábor, Méhes Marietta and János Vető, and latterly with Mihaly Vig (of Balaton; soundtrack composer for Béla Tarr). Trabant shared some of these recordings through a clandestine cassette tape network, but resisted releasing an album… until now.

This vinyl release represents the first collection of music by Trabant, compiling some of their best known and loved songs, newly transferred and gently restored from the original tapes, in a package with extensive photographic documentation of the band by János Vető, and new English translations of the song lyrics by George Szirtes (best known as a translator for his work with László Krasznahorkai).

File under: No WaveMutant
Cat. number: purrrrrj036
Year: 2024