"The Mountain Slowing Down"
Twin Library “Decades In The Dead Museum”
"Twin Library doesn’t really need a PR team to remind you of their existence. Instead they push out album, after album (usually less than a year apart) of good music. Yes, there’s the home-made basement, or garage feeling but they know where to put the right hooks, and when to experiment. Every collection is different, taking you on a new adventure of sounds and melodies."
Ride The Tempo, May 2014
"The Strangest House" from Historical Tumblers
I want to pick apart the name of Edmonton band Twin Library; I want the title of the group to reveal some Victorian wisdom, some ghostly hint behind the magic of Dorian Gray. But that’s me getting greedy with a name, denying the music to be what it is: really compelling indie pop produced through lo-fi engines like only a veteran group can.
The band have put out ten releases, and their newest, Historical Tumblers, is a hefty collection of music. At times chiming with tough rhythms, and at other moments, quite content to let bittersweet melodies drip slowly, note by note, the album bridges the space between anti-folk and bedroom rock. There is a great deal of similarity with Twin Library’s previous release, They Were Marked as Targets. The overall approach to songwriting on the two albums share a similar speed, but the specifics are almost conspiratorial: the opener for Historical Tumblers follows the same heavy backbeat as the final track on They Were Marked, “There’s Always an End” (both songs feature samples of dialogue as well, betraying an intentional twinning of the tracks).
The new tunes contain very little sonic material — a refreshing approach to gloomier lyrical content, which is so often arranged by many bands in overly dramatic ways. “A Cruel Rodeo” has the Canadian lilt of statements that end like questions, and tilts with vocals that will keep any latter day Jesus and Mary Chain fan contented — or, you know, folks that like music. The lyrics on “Right Around the Wrong Time” are a delicate of poem, and the lead guitar line that fills the space between verses is a muted powerhouse. “Decades in the Dead Museum” is a squall of tex mex goth. And the different places that “Warmer Skeletons” will take listeners is truly inspiring.
There’s a lot of life in Historical Tumblers. It feels like a record made by folks that love the multiple effects that sound can bring to listeners. Subtle touches are all over the album. Touch it for yourself, and see what all the fuss is about.
-Grayowl Point, April 2014
Released April 22, 2014: Historical Tumblers by Twin Library
“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.”
Quick Before It Melts, April 2014
A song from the new Twin Library album (Spring 2014)