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In the Post #79: The Twilight Sad – Kill It in the Morning

 
By on Friday, 30th September 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Editor’s note: Your watch is correct. No, it’s not noon yet. Normally we only post MP3s of the Day features at 10 in the morning and longer reviews later in the day. But because we have so much new stuff to post today, we’re switching things up.

The Twilight Sad are getting ready to release their third album, called ‘No One Can Ever Know’ in early 2012. Judging from the new song Fat Cat has offered up as a taster to the new release, ‘Kill It in the Morning’, the band have done an Editors / Keane: they’ve gone the way of the synthesiser. The vibe of the track has been compared to Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails, two bands you probably never thought you’d see in the same sentence with the act that brought you ‘I Became a Prostitute’. Fat Cat describes the track as “sinister-yet-melodic peek into the newly keyboard/programming-driven approach they’ve taken on the new LP”. Hmm.

To me, it’s heavy-handed: it’s still dark and morose, as the band has always been, but it’ll be interesting where they go from here, since there is more chance to experiment and spread their wings with this new chapter of their career. In particular, James Graham’s Scottish brogue above electronic sounds works surprisingly well.

Clearly, no-one knows what’s going on with the Twilight Sad except the band themselves. But I can sense already what is going on in their fans’ minds, because as previously mentioned, this shift occurred with Editors and Keane on their latest albums, favouring keyboards and programming that would have never been considered on their earlier albums. While this shift could gain them many new fans, it’s a big risk to alienate your devoted fanbase after 4+ years. The band’s first single from the new album, ‘Sick’, is due out on the 15th of November and hopefully we’ll see the Sad’s new colours by then. I, for one, welcome this new direction. But then again, I was never a fan of the Twilight Sad, so who am I to judge? Listen to the song and see for yourself. If you like it, you can get the song free through the widget below.

8/10

‘No One Can Ever Know’, the new album from the Twilight Sad, will be released in February 2012. ‘Sick’, the first single from the album will be available for digital download on the 15th of November.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #334: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Thursday, 5th May 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Scotland’s the Twilight Sad are giving away an entire acoustic EP. The EP includes ‘The Wrong Car’ 12″ (released last autumn) and songs from their last full-length, ‘Forget The Night Ahead’.

What’s the catch? You just need to sign up for their mailing list in the widget below.

 

Album Review: The Twilight Sad – The Wrong Car EP

 
By on Tuesday, 7th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

The Twilight Sad don’t really do traditional narrative; instead, singer James Graham will drop lines like ‘we were there with our ears to ground, ‘cos he was right behind you’ in his Scottish brogue as the music works on your subconscious, evoking an almost palpable sense of dread and alienation. While you may never know exactly what events are being played out over the course of a Twilight Sad song, you can be sure that they’re not good.

This EP is split in two with ‘The Wrong Car’ and ‘Throw Yourself In The Water Again’, two songs originating from the sessions for the previous album, ‘Forget The Night Ahead’, followed by remixes of songs from that album by Mogwai and Errors. The originals, somewhat predictably, work better than the remixes. The title track in particular (the video for which can be seen below) benefits from repeated listens, building a mood of yearning and desperation over the course of its 7 minutes.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK8G4TN-DH4[/youtube]

While the Mogwai remix of ‘The Room’ works with the strengths of the album version and does something different with it, actually sounding like they might have listened to it before deciding to remix it, the Errors remix of ‘Reflections on the Television’ is less successful. While the original was an exercise in claustrophobia and unresolved tensions, this version, for the most part, sounds as though it could easily be a remix of any other song by any other band.

While comparisons can and have been made with acts like My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai and Interpol, the Twilight Sad have, over the years, crafted their own gloomy little niche where the sun never shines and nothing good ever happens. While their world may not be a fun place to live, it’s certainly a fascinating place to visit.

7/10

‘The Wrong Car’ will be available on 12″ and download from 27th September 2010 on Fatcat Records.

 

Errors and The Twilight Sad / September and October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd June 2010 at 9:30 am
 

Errors have announced details of a co-headline tour with The Twilight Sad for this Autumn.

You can catch the two bands at:

Wednesday 29th September 2010 – Aberdeen Warehouse
Thursday 30th September 2010 – Dundee Doghouse
Friday 1st October 2010 – Stirling Tolbooth
Monday 4th October 2010 – Newcastle Cluny
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Nottingham Stealth
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 7th October 2010 – London XOYO
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Brighton Audio
Sunday 10th October 2010 – Bristol Thekla
MOnday 11th October 2010 – Leeds Cockpit

 

Video of the Moment #201: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Thursday, 14th January 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Here’s a video from Scottish indie rock band the Twilight Sad. For the band’s second single ‘Seven Years of Letters’ from the album ‘Forget the Night Ahead’, they filmed this dark (no pun intended), somewhat post-apocalyptic black and white promo video. I really like the song but if I’m honest, I’m confused by the video. Do you think it’s freaky? Does the video match the song? You tell us.

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

You can buy the Twilight Sad’s releases from Fat Cat Records.

 
 
 

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