Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Before the Applause by Re-TROS, out now on Modern Sky Entertainment.

Beijing’s Re-TROS is a trio, but if you didn’t know that, you might assume there were more people involved in creating this complex and genre-defying sound. Their album, Before the Applause, blends elements of post-punk and new-wave, industrial electronica and progressive psychedelia, and does so in a way that keeps you utterly entertained and enthralled, even on songs that stretch out over nine, ten, twelve minutes long. Part of the fun comes from their playfulness when it comes to rhythm and syncopation. They enjoy shaking things up by messing with quirky polyrhythms, which add even more energy and excitement to these songs, and while they like to keep it moving, they aren’t opposed to breaking it down into something darker and sleazier, à la Tom Waits or Nick Cave. Before the Applause is full of surprises all the way through.

—bour 1—

Blushing – Hater – Red Blinders

Little Dark Age – MGMT – Little Dark Age

Black Rainbows – Cut Copy

Mystic – Cindy Wilson – Change 

June – Tiger’s Jaw – Spin

Beautifully Unconventional – Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life 

See Through – Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime 

Don’t Go – Moaning

What’s So Entertaining – The Orwells

Last Kiss – Minus The Bear – Voids 

Find Me – Porches – The House

Count To Five – Rhye – Blood 

Private Party – She, Sir – Rival Island 

—hour 2—

Decay – Cymbals – Light in Your Mind 

Settle – Haulm

Throw Down – Peter Oren – Anthropocene 

God Save The Jungle – Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly 

Relay Runner – Loma – Loma 

Pink Squirrel – Creep Show – My Dynamite 

The One 2 – !!! – Shake the Shudder 

Ti Amo – Phoenix – Ti Amo 

Misbehaving – LABRINTH

Cut Yr Teeth – Kississippi

Anymore – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

Trouble – Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical 

Fuel to the Fire – Rationale

Falling – Graham Coxon

Lil Dead Eye-d – Richard Edwards – Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset 

—hour 3—

Stranger’s Kiss (feat. Angel Olsen) – Alex Cameron – Forced Witness 


Closest to Me – Liza Anne – Fine But Dying 

Boyfriend – Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man 

Wolfbite – Bat Fangs – Bat Fangs


Hailing Drums – Re-TROS – Before the Applause

Red Rum Aviv – Re-TROS – Before the Applause 

Pigs in the River – Re-TROS – Before the Applause 

Mustn’t Hurry – Fever Ray – Plunge 

December – Yumi Zouma – Willowbank

Prince of Tears – Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears 

All is Known — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard