TRAIN CONDUCTOR – “Microphone”
A psychedelic-tinged project sprouting from the high desert environs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Train Conductor has taken on a number of forms and lineups over the years, with contributions from members of the Gatherers, BALLETS, Dulce Base, Canyonlands, and Holy Glories. At its core, it remains the brainchild of Will Byrne. Byrne left high school in Philadelphia and made his way west, bringing with him a love of science and a passion for making weird music. That passion birthed Train Conductor, which has seen a number of lineups over the past decade, though Byrne has remained a constant.
The band delves into synth-heavy production with an experimental edge to its overall production, leveraging analog and digital workflows to shape its sound. Byrne and his collaborators innovate even further in their recording locations: Where Sound Meets Space and Warm Adobe Brain were recorded in a 1970s-era solar grow house in Sandia Park on a Tascam 388.
Train Conductor counts a wide range of acts among its influences, though Suuns, Moon Duo, Dead Skeletons, Yo La Tengo, and Apples in Stereo rank high among those. Likewise, the band has shared the stage with a number of other acts, including Oh Sees, Frankie and the Witch Fingers.
“The musicianship is solid. And it’s catchy. Get intimate with ‘Microphone’.“Psychedelic Baby Magazine