TWIN SISTER
by Sean
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Tailbone, by Willian Hundley

One of my favourite recent discoveries is Twin Sister, a band from New York.

Twin Sister - "Ginger". Wake up with your redheaded lover; count their freckles; make a peppery omelet with whole mint leaves; pull on sweaters and jeans; pull off the sweaters and fool around some more; go for a walk; gravel in yr boot; ice cracks; clouds like stuffing come loose; cars spit salt; a boombox on a windowsill, "Maps" all sloppy-booming; spanish plums; turkish nectarines; canadian chewing gum; unlocked doors; sweaters off; watch the Breakfast Club; open the french doors; stand on the balcony, imagine where the ivy will grow; and later, beside 418 freckles, you dream.

Twin Sister - "I Want A House". The first half of this song is about how good it would be to move in with your lover. It's coo and thump, swing and lick; it's blue and rose. And then the second half of this song is about what it's like once you've moved in. It's a paradise in windchime and bassline, hair on pillow and ice in glass. I can't help but imagine Daft Punk passed out, unconscious; and in that The Diving Bell and the Butterfly reverie, laying in bed, the sun touches the drapes, touches the floor, leaves fingerprints on yr chest.

Twin Sister is a band that makes beautiful, reaching, hot music. All of their superb Vampires with Dreaming Kids EP, which has dry grooves and wet spots and even British folk fingerpicking, can be downloaded at their website. They are also documenting the musical process, posting snips of songs and videos as these songs and videos are made, trying to be "transparent", like ghosts, or memories, or lace.

They play New York's Lit Lounge on March 7, and the Stood @ SUNY Purchase on April 4.

(photography by the inimitable William Hundley)

Posted by Sean at March 2, 2009 12:29 PM
Comments

thanks for this. lushly, beautifully, psychologically, categorically described, too.

Posted by littleREDelf at March 2, 2009 4:42 PM

wow, great band.

Posted by waito at March 3, 2009 1:52 PM

Really good, thanks. Like the write up too.

Posted by Kel at March 3, 2009 1:57 PM

whoa! they're great. thanks for the heads up!

Posted by blackrobot at March 5, 2009 12:53 PM

thanks, these guys are great. ginger is my fave.

Posted by matt at March 11, 2009 8:41 PM

Whoa. I go to SUNY Purchase! I'll mark my calendar for these guys.

Posted by Rob Martinez at March 13, 2009 8:22 PM

Twin Sister is definitely a great band, happy I found them, enjoyed this article as well.

Posted by The Pop Guru at March 16, 2009 5:16 PM

I love how in the beginning of "I want a house" the drum heartbeat makes me feel nervous. Like it's just a proposition and she's waiting to hear yes or no. And then slowly she daydreams fearlessly off into this psychedlic kaleidscope fantasy that just barely signals her back to reality. I hope she gets her house. And I hope it's on a cloud.

Posted by Nia at February 22, 2010 9:23 PM

I can't wait to see what these guys do. Love them so far.

Posted by Josh at May 11, 2010 6:04 PM

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