The twilight sad are a band which crawls breathlessly forward, singing about so much pain and hardship but still providing hope to all who listen in a promise of ‘IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME’
Their newest studio album feels like a sudden sucker punch in retaliation from someone whos had enough of being pushed around. The sound of the album still carries that recognisable lonely, spacey guitar sound filled with fuzz and squealing pedal effects which the band are known for but welcomes in a new sense of strength to its angst. Many of the songs on the album feature powerful almost operatic synth which gives everything a higher sense of importance, especially to the very personal and brooding words that frontman James Graham cries out. Songs such as ‘Keep it all to myself’ and ‘the arbor’ exemplify this pounding choir of synths.The album departs at times from a more guitar driven past with 2014’s ‘fourteen autumns and fifteen winters’ and ‘nobody wants to be here & nobody wants to leave’ to a highly synth driven soundscape being built up with the addition of those staple fuzzy guitars, with some still containing that heavy guitar sound such as ‘VTr’ and ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’.
The album feels like an unexpected but undoubtedly correct way for the band to evolve, perfectly incorporating something new and unknown while still keeping it as close to their original sound as possible.The balance of this doesn’t even sway, it divides perfectly.
‘IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME’ pulls you in seductively and keeps you there.
The album sounds as true and honest as ever with James Graham’s unedited Lanarkshire accent, lulling you into the echoey space the songs create.
This is a band that have clearly gone through a lot and instead of letting that overcome them, they’ve taken it all on and become stronger for it.
Star Rating – ★★★★☆
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