Twincities- Self-Titled (2011)

Posted: September 23, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Long Island, Reviews
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“I find the direct negative correlation between amount of gear and the amount of notes played on the gear fascinating.” – Dave Friedrich

My friends, nature works in a very easy way to understand: the most basic way is generally the best way to take. How we wish everything in life could be like nature, but think about how many times it actually is. When I need comfort in a good meal, I don’t seek fancy, exquisite dishes; rather, I turn to simple (albeit fattening) foods to put me in a better mood. Relaxation, I’ll take a cup of tea and a good book over a hiking trip. There’s just something to be said about simplicity that taps into our essence and puts us in line with nature itself.

The same premise occurs in music, although on a scale that is a little harder to recognize. Remember the calming tune your parents would hum to soothe you to sleep, which very well be the one that you’ll hum to your little ones when they are fussing. The sound of the ocean rolling up upon a deserted shoreline can bring the feeling of inner peace to the listener, whether there to experience the actual event or not. This concept is embraced and harnessed by Twincities, a four-piece instrumental band from Long Island, New York. The beauty of their music comes not from the amount of notes they can play in a single moment, nor how long they can hold a delay pedal down (as many up-and-coming post-rock bands think it key), but the emotion and passion by which they play.

The first track sets up the mood for the entire album, from its beautiful first notes accompanied by a faint resonance and xylophone to its eventual crash symbol-filled end. Appropriately entitled “1” , this song takes you through the crescendo-ing that is a staple of many of the bands in this genre.

“2”, the next track, starts off in a very similar manner (don’t worry, there’s a pattern here). The beginning is a glockenspiel solo lasts for nearly a whole 2 minutes, but it’s the delicate sound against the silence and eventual guitar build-up that makes you appreciate the powerful influx of energy that follows. Midway through “2”, the second guitar takes a heavy, sludge turn that juxtaposes the staccato, crisp lead guitar as it echos together in a Souvenir’s Young America type feel (less heavy, but the resemblance is there).

The intro into “3” sounds like it’s going in reverse, which is a really nice touch, but it’s the rest of the song that stands out by staying quiet. The glockenspiel drifting in and out of audibility along with a very faint resonance wall brings a touch of artistic minimalism, making you feel like you’re on a porch before a thunderstorm, the light winds sounding a wind chime above you.

This carries into the beginning of “4”, where it is met by a pair of dissonance-laced guitars. The pace speeds up, unexpectedly, which is followed by an enthusiastic drum roll intro into a beat which brings to mind old Explosions in the Sky. The crash symbols light up the already inspirational mood set by the rapid guitar and drum-line, and everything burns out like a star on its final cycle. It then reverts to their familiar calm before it rebirths at the end, filled with energy and duel between the two guitar parts. The battle climaxes into feedback, which then ends the album.

Rating: To hit your stride on a first release is very difficult, especially when the options are so vast, as in the case of instrumental music. Russian Circles had something magical from their first EP, and they’ve grown into the post-rock/metal juggernauts we know them as today. Signals To Vega also had a similar outing, and we’ve yet to see any forward progression towards a new album, but that’s only a matter of time. Twincities is one of the rare, few bands that will be making a name for themselves from the start. For it’s honesty, simplicity and subtle beauty, this album deserves a 4.5/5.

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Author’s note: Twincities features Is This Revolutionary?’s own Salvatore as well as Ricky and I’s mutual friends Fletcher and Matt. An interview will be coming fairly soon.

Comments
  1. […] He is an occasional contributor to our blog, plus his music has been featured here in the forms of Twincities and this self-titled solo project. We wrote up Days in Vice about 2 years ago, and to say […]

  2. […] He is an occasional contributor to our blog, plus his music has been featured here in the forms of Twincities and this self-titled solo project. We wrote up Days in Vice about 2 years ago, and to say […]

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