Album Review
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Twin Tigers - Curious Faces / Violet Future

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Twin Tigers - Curious Faces / Violet Future
Record Label: None
Release Date: June 10, 2008
The Twin Tigers are not twins, but actually an alt-pop quartet who call Athens, Georgia their hometown. Their debut album Curious Faces / Violet Future has the vintage pop psychedelics of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club framed by shoegazy arrangements reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain and trance-like hazes comparable to Portishead. The band's music borders on sounding futuristic and old showing signs of being rooted in vintage pop from the '70s. The vibrating frequencies of guitarists Matthew Rain, Joel Hatstat, and Enoch are long and droning while the chilled beats of drummer Rick and bassist Aimee Morris make clean slices along the melodic folds. The band shows total cooperation with each other similarly to Brooklyn's Yeasayer, even when they set the vibrations loose and relinquish their command of the reins.

The Twin Tigers seem to be slaves to the music, letting the vibrating notes direct the course of the melodies like in the track "If." The shoegazy psychedelics bounce off each other independent of what the musicians' fingers are playing. The band seems to let the notes determine their own progressions like unleashing them in a vat and allowing them to ferment in their own juices. The band injects the prismatic vibrations with slight distortions in "Invisible Zombies" contrasting the ultra-sleek electro-glazes of "Golden Daze." The shoegazy arrangements of "Fantastic Plastic" maintain a monotone pulse while the stippled guitar chords spiral and puncture through the glassy haze. The vibrating guitar chords of "Watershed" induce a trance-like state while the vintage pop psychedelics of "Red Fox Run" texture the tune in '70s sonic footage.

The Twin Tigers' record Curious Faces / Violet Future is a medley of modern shoegaze and alt-pop arrangements. The music is slightly artsy but it really functions at being aurally therapeutic. The album is really mellow and seems to never peak but it never bottoms out either. It just keeps the listener in a limbo state of mind, letting the notes mitigate themselves.

Recommended if You LikeThe Jesus and Mary Chain, XTC, Portishead, The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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