Twin Atlantic‘s sixth album, like much music emerging this year, was created in something of a flux. Their first album without drummer Craig Kneale, it was recorded in isolation conditions, with lead singer Sam McTrusty writing and recording while also looking after his small child as his wife worked on covid wards. Fellow band member Ross McNae and long-term collaborator Jacknife Lee worked remotely with McTrusty on knocking his new songs into shape – and the results are wildly varied.
Twin Atlantic's rise has prompted a flurry of questions. A deeply independent group who have set up residence in the charts, the band's evolution often pulls them away from their roots. Eventually, something had to give. With the line up now shorn down to two central figures - Sam McTrusty and Ross McNae - the band are ready to break with the past, crafting a new album that is contradictory, ruthlessly honest, and actually a whole heap of fun.