Emerald and Doreen Records
Lunar Twin = Joy Division + Beach House
Connecting with outer space as with well as the natural sounds of the Earth, Lunar Twin have cranked out a six-song release that left me in an ethereal trance that reminded me of the tranquility the world has to offer. Christopher Murphy and Bryce Boudreau work together to bring the timeless elements of new wave sounds from the ’80s to a new setting for their second release, Night Tides.
Immediately, the album greets the listener with a dreamy electronic melody that meets up with a pakhavaj drumbeat that is consistent throughout the first song, “Waves.” The lyrics are poetic and executed by dark, mysterious vocals. The mix of deeper vocals and the light, airy instrumentals maintain a hypnotizing balance.
My favorite song on the album is without a doubt track two, “Blood Moon.” It features more concentrated electronic beats and incorporates a guitar riff that starts as the focal point within the intro and fades into the background to create a perfect supporting sound alongside the drum beats and dreamy electronic layers. The vocals featured in this track are a tad more whispery and airy, which pulls me in deep. There’s so much variety in this one song, showcasing what’s to come throughout the album.
While this album is a modern release, it’s easy to see where the band pulled their inspiration from. They pull elements from bands like Joy Divison and 13th Floor Elevators, which lend a familiarity to their sound. Their embellishment of these elements make the release something special, because it’s not simply a dreamwave release. It’s a groovier, new wavey album that carries out some psychedelic aspects within every track. As a fan of new wave, darkwave, and dreamwave, it’s hard to find something in this piece I don’t like. There’s so much inside this release that can appeal to anyone looking for something new to add to their electronic arsenal. Dance-y tracks like “Birds of Paradise” could easily be played at a local goth night, while mellower songs like “Night Tides” are the perfect soundtrack to a late-night drive or an early morning. Night Tides is an album full of things I never expected from a dreamwave band, and every funky embellishment only adds to the uniqueness of the piece and the band itself. –Zaina Abujebarah