Single Review: The Twilight Sad – Sick

By on Wednesday, 26th October 2011 at 11:00 am

A quick listen to the new single ‘Sick’ from Scottish band the Twilight Sad immediately brings to mind ‘In Rainbows’ era Radiohead. But only for 20 seconds. James Graham‘s distinctive Scottish brogue layers a needed edginess to the dreamy Radiohead sound of years gone by: it’s obvious this is a departure from previous offerings from the band. Guitars and screeching noises are tempered by programmed synths that add a softness without a touch of saccharine.

The guitar is still prominent and is actually quite beautiful, as are the lyrics, despite the difficulty in deciphering them pre-album liner notes! James implores, “Over the hill, over the hill we go, I’ll buy you the night, and I’ll buy you the time, we can do anything you want.” This song slips into your ear deep and smooth, like a nice chunk of deep, dark chocolate to counter all the Dairy Milk currently available.

While I was at first put off by how different this single sounds compared to the Twilight Sad’s previous material, after repeated listens I am pleased with the growth and direction they have taken. It remains to be seen what the rest of the album sounds like. But if ‘Sick’ is any indication, they will continue to garner new fans.


Despite the fact that the band released ‘Kill It in the Morning’ on their Web site (our review here), ‘Sick’ is the first official single from the album and will be available as a 7″ vinyl or download on 14 November from Fat Cat. The band go on tour next month as well: all the details are on this previous ticket alert post.

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