Relishing Beach House radio, I stumbled across a mighty interesting little piece of indie dream pop called “Nectarine,” which then inspired me to retrieve a free download of Twin Sister’s first release, Vampires With Dreaming Kids, from the group’s home site. An eclectic set, to say the very least. And the most puzzling part was the lack of guitarist Eric Cardona’s vocal presence on the non-“Nectarine” tracks. Not to dismiss the breathy vocal charm of actual lead singer Andrea Estella, but Cardona has a neat vocal vibe in demand of its own recognition.
The obvious next step was to familiarize myself with the band’s latest material, a-barely-LP-length LP called Color Your Life, in hopes of uncovering some great distant relative to my beloved Beach House.
So, first of all, this is definitely not Beach House. Secondly, this is not automatically a negative revelation.
Visualize, if you will, a small party of twenty to twenty-five year-olds mingling blissful beats and intoxicating soundscapes on-stage for an audience of your subconscious. “Lady Daydream” coaxes the listener into a pacificatory groove, psychedelically accenting cold oranges and alternating purples and pinks. The swirling blues and muted greens portrayed in the seductive “Milk & Honey” additionally proclaim a subtle masterfulness in the melodic narration. It’s here in unreal auras like this that Estella’s expressive whispers are uncovered to be quietly mighty and unsuspiciously magnificent, and she is strengthened by the shatterproof musical chemistry of her fellow band members and herself.
Granted, there are some cracks in the wall here. The head-scratching fifth piece, “Galaxy Plateau,” is nearly nonsense in its downplayed dynamics and staggering length. The funky “All Around and Away We Go” is likewise overshot and overstated; no room here for catchiness or sincerity, due to the deal-breaking repetition and excessively-excessive arrangement.
Where it counts, Color Your Life really packs a lo-fi punch, though; and it is comprehensively a remarkable indie record. Definitely worth an investigation, if not an all-out dedication.
77% / C+