Fearless tackles most of the vocal duties himself, like on the opener 'Silver Time Machine' which warms things up slowly. Musically it sounds like the beast slowly awaking from a long slumber and gradually springing into life. There's no beats, just soft synths, sparse acoustic sounds and a breathy, cracked vocal. By using the same chords it pretty much acts as an intro to 'Black Hole', which kicks in with a Krautrock rhythm, woozy shoegaze guitars, a distorted sheet of electronic noise and an Iggy Pop-esque vocal. Meanwhile 'Your Loft My Acid' is built on wonderful vintage drum machines, acid house vibes and a seductive vocal from Austra's Katie Stelmanis. After a few listens it becomes a most enticing moment, bringing to mind Kraftwerk collaborating with Nico but with an edge that places it firmly in the 21st century.
Overall 'Trans Love Energies' is a fairly cohesive album that seems to have a dark sexual thread running through it. It's certainly as wildly eclectic as 'Scorpio Rising', but it makes for a record that has more of a direction and more of a defined idea of where it wants to be. While the album starts in a rather dark fashion this mood reaches a peak with the pleasing highlight 'Witchdance'. And what follows it seems to approach the light at the end of the tunnel. Definitely an album that takes a while to sink in, but overall 'Trans Love Energies' is a rewarding and inspired listen. 7.5