Twin Sister and Ava Luna @ Kilby 02.11

Posted February 17, 2012 in
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Twin Sister by Tommy Chase Lucas

I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who can have one song by an artist in my music library and still call myself a fan—Twin Sister being a solid example of that. Once upon a time, I came across their track, “Lady Daydream,” and was obsessed with it for approximately one day. It was with that in mind and an altogether hazy idea of what they might actually sound like live that I stumbled into this show.

I don’t know what’s up with Provo overflowing with talented musicians lately; perhaps being in a city with only one liquor store is good for the creative process. Regardless, Bus People reaffirmed my fondness for bands from Happy Valley. These local hotties were glowing under the trademark Christmas lights on stage and rocked red lipstick and a definite chick power vibe. As a quartet, they grooved together intuitively and were beaming with stage presence. Their bass/drum/guitar/keys/vocal combination made for some awesome jam moments. While I can’t recall one of their songs being specifically striking or memorable, I thoroughly enjoyed their set, appreciated their obvious enthusiasm, and felt they set the night off well. Rock on, pretty ladies.

I immediately fell in love with Brooklyn’s Ava Luna. Their sound ties gospel, classy harmonies with funky keyboard and lyrics that reminded me of beat poetry. My favorite song was “Clips,’’ which nailed all three of those elements and also included equal parts jazzy, old school and inventive, modern sounds. Plus, the cute male singer wailed out an “Oooo, girl” that was welcomed fondly by all females in the audience. Ava Luna could easily be compared to The Dirty Projectors in the way they form their music as a sort of organized chaos—it might be something that limits their recognition. However, I think Ava Luna offer a unique enough scope of minimalist beats and doo-wop vocals to hold their own.

Everything about Twin Sister set was dreamy—from singer Andrea Estella’s velvet and denim ‘90s look, to the soft, sultry scope of songs played. As rain poured outside, Kilby’s garage stayed nice and cozy under the spell of Twin Sister’s subdued disco and a subtly, sparkly sound. Something this band deserves credit for is the ability to effortlessly weave an astral atmosphere with their music—using a ‘70s throwback effect combined with crisp, ultra-hip arrangements. Their songs bled into each other gently and the whole set seemed to have a cushioned, comforting feel. Estella's uncommon and squeaky voice is pivotal to the appeal of Twin Sister, although I can't imagine it working in any other musical setting. The song ''Bad Street'' was a highlight, as well as the last stretch of music which was more or less a vocal free, electronic jam session.

I've been told it's best to enter unknown territory with ignorance. If that applies to music, then it certainly worked in my favor for this show. I had extremely minimal and/or no exposure to all three bands, which left a positive ring in my ears—and even made waiting around afterwards in the cold and wet for a ride worthwhile. Ignorance is bliss!


Twin Sister by Tommy Chase Lucas Ava Luna by Charles Stucklen