Chandra – Transportation EP
***NOTE: The Chandra EP has been reissued on my new Cantor Records imprint. It is vinyl and digital ONLY and can be purchased through Other Music or my web-site (www.cantorrecords.com). The package includes 4 unreleased tracks recorded with the Chandra Dimension as well as a 32-page booklet! ***
I have to thank Waxidermy for this album. This was sold to me after I posted a want ad on the BBS for The Dance’s Dance For Your Dinner EP. The guy who sold me the EP recommended this to me and I gladly bought it. Chandra Oppenheim is a young female vocalist (12 years old when this was recorded) and is backed by The Dance with production from Euginie Diserio on this 4 track EP released on Go Go records in 1980. I was very curious to listen when I was told this. A young girl backed by a post-punk band? What’s the hell?As soon as I dropped the needle total face-melting ensued. I realized very quickly that this could not have been accomplished without the exceptional maturity of Chandra herself. She has completely grasped the nature of the genre at such a young age and compliments it so well. She captures you immediately with her deep and assertive voice, while keeping your attention with her unique writing. On the outside looking in songs about “Kate” (the girl with blond hair) or the frustration of taking the subway may seem extremely juvenile. However, when Chandra tackles them they are transferred into personal anthems.This may be the greatest children’s record I’ve ever heard.Sound clips taken down… sorry. Proper clips soon to come.