Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Record label: Infinite Best
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
Back in 2010, Twin Sister, as they were formerly known, were the subject of many gushing blog posts, thanks to their feel-good stomper, “All Around and Away We Go”. Now, they’re coming a round again, and this time they’ve been sampled by Kendrick and Dr. Dre, got a whole new name – yeah, that’s ‘Mr.’, to you – and generally seem to have come to realise how kick-ass they really are.
You’re free to listen to Mr Twin Sister’s self-titled, not-quite debut whenever, wherever and however you damn please. But at the risk of assuming authorial intent, the Long Island band would prefer you wait at least until the golden hour before getting started, as no one here is liable to be awake before then. Mr Twin Sister is an exclusively nocturnal being, though it’s not picky about time and place; it seeks quiet nights on the town, wild nights in, twilight, starlight, dusk, dawn, living after midnight, working for the weekend.
So apparently Mr Twin Sister’s name change (from Twin Sister) was due to legal reasons, and while dealing with such an ordeal can be incredibly distressing to artists’ livelihoods and careers, it can also provide an opportunity for change, for a group to reassess its goals and improve upon future work. It seems that in lieu of simply finding a Caribou or an Owen Pallett of their very own to claim, Mr Twin Sister have used this legal concession as a way to vault themselves into the elusive “reinvention” stage of the Band Arc. And with this reinvention comes a litany of other changes, both felt and heard.
Mr Twin Sister vocalist Andrea Estella stands at the forefront of the New York five-piece, but that’s only speaking literally. “People fetishize the lone genius, but our strongest suit is definitely our chemistry as five people,” said bassist Gabe D’Amico in an interview with Pitchfork earlier this month. Accordingly, the band’s debut, 2011’s In Heaven, released when they were known as simply Twin Sister, was a cohesive tapestry of silken indie pop and disco revivalism.
Long Island quintet Mr Twin Sister were one of the more popular bands to spring out of the now disparaged chillwave movement. Since the remnants of such scene have vanished altogether, many of its notable acts have looked for ways to redefine themselves through drastic reinvention. Or as is typically the case, have sought new trends to compensate for their creative limitations.
opinion by MICHAEL WOJTAS When established musicians decide on a sudden name change, the reasons behind the choice are typically banal, frivolous or necessitated by legal concerns. Yet in the case of Twin Sister, now sporting a “Mr” in front of their old moniker, it’s extremely tempting to read a wealth of subtext into the name change. Their self-titled sophomore record is a full-on investigation into the permeability of both genre and gender.