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Video of the Moment #690: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Tuesday, 24th January 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The Twilight Sad have released the new video for ‘Another Bed’, the second single for forthcoming third album ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (review here). As should be expected from the Twilight Sad, this is one creepy visual. I’m shuddering just thinking about it after watching it once; it’s not for the faint of heart. Watch it below, if you dare.

Catch the Sad on tour in February. ‘No One Can Ever Know’ drops on the 6th of February on Fat Cat.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuehlm0aNfs[/youtube]

 

The Twilight Sad / February 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 6th January 2012 at 9:00 am
 

The Twilight Sad will be touring the UK in February. Get your tickets now.

Read my review of their third album ‘No One Can Ever Know’ here; it will be out on the 6th of February on Fat Cat.

Thursday 9th February 2012 – Glasgow Grand Ole Opry
Friday 10th February 2012 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Saturday 11th February 2012 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Sunday 12th February 2012 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Monday 13th February 2012 – Bristol Fleece
Tuesday 14th February 2012 – London Cargo
Wednesday 15th February 2012 – Nottingham Stealth
Thursday 16th February 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club

 

Album Review: The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know

 
By on Thursday, 5th January 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

In their first two albums (2007’s ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’ and 2009’s ‘Forget the Night Ahead’), alt-indie rockers the Twilight Sad seemed to enjoy the cold embrace of the darkness and indeed, music reviewers have sort of come to expect the darker side of life from this Scottish band. A quick review of the song titles from their 2012 effort entitled No One Can Ever Know seems to support their continuance down this path: ‘Dead City’, ‘Sick’ (acoustic video here, Cheryl’s review of the single here), Nil’, ‘Don’t Look at Me’.

While the new album is dark, the approach taken is vastly different. Take for example their choice of producer: famed DJ/electronic producer Andrew Weatherall oversaw the proceedings, a clear sign they wanted to take their music into an electronic direction (specifically, incorporating the analog synthesizer). Under Weatherall’s auspices, the band – now a trio after bassist Craig Orzel’s departure in 2010 – headed towards what guitarist Andy Macfarlane has called “a sparser sound, with a colder, slightly militant feel”.

This is exactly what you get with ‘No One Can Ever Know’. There has always been something inherently sinister in Twilight Sad songs, and that unsettling feeling is cranked up to 11 on this album. The track ‘Not Sleeping’ is so creepy, it could soundtrack a Stephen King film. What you notice quickly is that the bareness of the tracks allows for industrial Nine Inch Nails-style clanking and vibrations to come through. But this sparseness is in great contrast to their previous material in which the Scottish band spent most of their time crafting and honing their ‘wall of sound’ that threatened to engulf you every time you queued up a track. On this effort, being less complicated instrumentally means vocalist James Graham’s lyrics can take a more starring role; his voice is equally filled with conviction as before, but this album gives Graham’s words the attention they deserve (see ‘Dead City’).

Perhaps this was accidental but the adjusted parts make for a greater whole that might be, dare it to be said, possibly more accessible and give the Scots the kind of mainstream success that has eluded them up to now. The most devoted fans were polarised when the album’s first teaser, ‘Kill It in the Morning,’ was released last September (read my earlier musings about it here; first single ‘Sick’ followed shortly after. Why? ‘Kill It in the Morning’ sounds like the Twilight Sad were trying for a disaffected dance vibe cornered by Depeche Mode.

On songs like ‘Don’t Move’ and ‘Another Bed’ the band shines, channelling the best parts of the legendary synthpop band; they’re sensual and rhythmically mesmerising. It’s an interesting album, one that will turn the kind of electronic heads that never would have picked up a Twilight Sad album previously. But more importantly, it’s an album that just might grow their fanbase by leaps and bounds.

7.5/10

The Twilight Sad’s third album, ‘No One Can Ever Know’, will be released on the 6th of February on Fat Cat Records.

 

Live Gig Video: The Twilight Sad perform an acoustic version of ‘Sick’

 
By on Wednesday, 16th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Twilight Sad will be releasing their new album on Fat Cat, entitled ‘No One Can Ever Know’, on the 6th of February 2012. The first single from the album, ‘Sick’, was released this past Monday, and you can read Cheryl’s review of it here. The below gem, filmed beautifully in a deserted patch of forest by Mallard Productions in black and white, should probably calm down all the Twilight Sad fans who are scared of them playing with synths.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/32074194[/vimeo]

 

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.

8/10

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.

 

The Twilight Sad / November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 7th October 2011 at 8:30 am
 

Scotland’s the Twilight Sad will be touring Britain next month. Get your tickets now.

‘Sick’, the band’s first single from their forthcoming 2012 album, will be released on the 14th of November. ‘Sick’ will be backed by the song ‘Untitled #67’. A review of the album’s initial taster ‘Kill It in the Morning’, which shows the band’s move to a more electronic direction, can be read here.

Sunday 13th November 2011 – Dundee Doghouse
Monday 14th November 2011 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Inverness Ironworks
Wednesday 16th November 2011 – Edinburgh Bongo Club
Friday 18th November 2011 – Glasgow Sleazys
Saturday 19th November 2011 – Preston Ferret
Sunday 20th November 2011 – York Duchess
Monday 21st November 2011 – London Borderline
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 – Oxford Jericho
Wednesday 23rd November 2011 – Leicester Firebug
Thursday 24th November 2011 – Hull Adelphi
Friday 25th November 2011 – Stirling Tollbooth

 
 
 

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