Remarkable, evocative, melodic, exciting...
Long Island five-piece Twin Sister release a set of twin EPs as their UK debut - 'Vampires With Dreaming Kids' and, previously released in US, 'Color Your Life'.
A strong, masterfully crafted release with sounds buried deep in sheets of misty musicality and creative effects. These guys know when to lay it on and know when to keep it off: rises and falls in sonic intensity push forward tracks to remarkably penetrating, engaging effect. Mixing up minimalistic, subtle layering with deafening cacophonic explosions ('The Other Side of Your Face'), dreamlike melodies and mesmeric vocals ('Lady Daydream'), and dipping and diving over layers of electro fuzz (Ginger), Twin Sister make misty eyed, solidly crafted indie art-pop.
'Dry Hump' is dreamy and introspective, but alive with deep bass beat and humming electro. Twanging guitar layers into a dense fog of velvety soft, angular sound in 'Ginger' that builds and flashes and falls in magic waves of excitement, before building to epic effect. 'I Want a House' is imbued with a loved up, hippy, psychadelia; curtains of vocals repeat a simple melody but ever changing drum rolls, jingles, beats, buzzes and melodic notes add texture and tangible variety to the track.
'The Other Side of Your Face' has an instantly engaging, mono feel, with electro whirrs and the sound of the sea. Elated chords, hazy effects and melodic, ethereal vocals build then dissolve into digital fuzz, which soon plunges into a deafening dissonance. Touching and poignant, this track is 7 minutes long but never loses intensity. Then, 'Lady Daydream' is a moving, feminine, 60s styled love song, riding on a classic bass line with stunning melody and rattling, fizzing tambourine.
Some tracks on 'Color Your Life' are more experimental than others, for example wholly instrumental sound-scape track 'Galaxy Plateau'. These may appeal less on first listen but as with all Twin Sister's tracks, magically reveal something more on consequent plays. 'Vampires with Dreaming Kids' appeals as the stronger EP, more accesible than its earlier twin, but both display an artful creativity and skilful use of simple sonic ideas.
Twin Sister might fit into the dreaded 'indie' category, but this release is technical in its execution and theatrical in its performance, pushing out the boat from the commonplace. Cannot wait to hear what else they bring us.