In HeavenAlbum | Twin Sister By Stewart Mason
No, not Twin Shadow, the other one.
After a pair of buzz-building self-released EPs, Twin Sister make their proper debut with a solid LP's worth of electronic dream pop. Evocative of the mid-'80s heyday of the style while avoiding overt retro mannerisms, In Heaven is a timeless pop record that sounds like it could have been released at any point in the last three decades. "Bad Street" flirts with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-style pop-R&B beats, while opener "Daniel" and "Luna's Theme" feature a spacier sound blending post-rock minimalism with chirpy synth-pop hooks. Sporting a new and improved singing style -- considerably higher and a good bit breathier -- singer and lyricist Andrea Estella bears a vocal resemblance to both the late electro-chanteuse Trish Keenan (Broadcast) and Beach House's Victoria Legrand, and the band shows off an impressive facility in a variety of styles. Indeed, late in the album there's a stretch of short pastiche-like songs -- David Lynch-style electro-rockabilly on "Spain," Ennio Morricone's spaghetti-western twang on "Gene Ciampi," Heavenly-like twee UK indie pop on "Saturday Sunday," etc. -- that serve mostly to show how deep their well of influences go. A big leap over their early EPs, In Heaven is a charming slice of electronic indie shimmer.
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