Monday 21 April 2014
At the tail end of 2013, Edmonton AB’s Twin Library closed out their album They Were Marked As Targets with a song called “There’s Always An End”. It could have been the last thing the band ever released. They would have left an impressive and prolific canon of work dating back to when they began playing music and making records in 2008. The argument could be made that Twin Library had certainly put in the their time.
And yet, on the eve of their 10th album’s release, I’m arguing that Twin Library’s time is now. Historical Tumblers may be an album that the band were unsure they would make, but it has turned out to be their most assured. An unflappable pace and consistency of sound and songwriting, Historical Tumblers blends the band’s penchant for sharp melodies, succinct songwriting, and muted instrumentation into the smoothest, most refreshing drink your ears have ever tasted.
It is ridiculous how talented, and yet so underrated Twin Library are. Is it because they don’t push the PR machine they way lesser bands do? Is it because there’s a glut of musicians out there making so much noise that ace tracks like “Right Around The Wrong Time” never get their due? ”Swallows” is barely long enough to be a song, yet it perfectly encapsulates it’s lyrics: “And when it ends does it ever end/it never begins”. I often remark about how not a single moment or note is wasted on Twin Library records; with Historical Tumblers, it’s not their musical efficiency that impresses me, it’s the way that this album draws me into repeated listens. It’s not because a single play though isn’t satisfying in its own right, but because my thirst for Twin Library’s sound cannot be quenched.
Historical Tumblers is officially out tomorrow, April 22nd, 2014. Tomorrow is my birthday. It’s also Earth Day. Consider this my early birthday gift to the Earth (i.e. you): Earth, meet Twin Library. It’s about fucking time you got to know them.