Artist – Twin Peaks

Title – Side A

Label –  ChalkPress Agency

Rating – 7/10

Words By – Josh Abraham

Twin Peaks return with a four-track E.P that oozes indie in numerous ways and it’s something to love in a time where music is needed.

The Chicago five-piece announced in the early stages of this year that they were working on new material with the goal being an album and now there is a glimpse of what is to come.  Like many bands and artists, Twin Peaks were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they couldn’t finish this E.P in the studio, so recording the vocals had to be done at home. This fresh effort follows the bands 2019 acclaimed album Lookout Low and in the past they have sold out two London shows, Electric Brixton being one of them so it’s clear to see these guys are making the rounds.

To kick off the E.P it’s a fast paced guitar riffed and clean-cut percussion that is ‘What’s The Matter’ which has a mixture of addictive harmonies as well as instrumentals to make any listener want more.  The laid-back vocals create a joyful listen that has underlying personal lyricism with lyrics such as ‘You’re not longer satisfied, even after what we’ve been through’ and it’s such a contrast to the second track, ‘Whistle In The Wind (End Of Everything).

This is what makes this E.P so special, each track is unique, but knows its place

At the halfway point of the E.P it’s slowed down dramatically from the first track, but the saxophone instrumentals and chilled vibes are appreciated with the bands lead singer, Cadien Lake James, taking his vocals to a slowed down, but newer level that allows the rest of the band to really be in the spotlight.  The drums, saxophone, keyboard and many more instruments are the bright stars in ‘Whistle In The End (End Of Everything)’ but it’s a smooth transition into the later stage of the E.P.

As ‘Any More Than You Want’ starts playing the mixture of country and indie genres blend together perfectly and the harmonies that were heard in ‘What’s The Matter’ return in this guitar-fuelled track as the combination of acoustic and electric guitar, subdued vocals and heavy-hitting percussion is another complete change of pace from previous tracks.  This is what makes this E.P so special, each track is unique, but knows its place.

Twin Peaks have produced four tracks all with their own personality and own rhythms that mean the Chicago based band knows exactly how to create those feel-good feelings during a tough time

As the final track starts there is a soothing soundscape before the crashing heels of the drums fall into play as ‘Above Below’ follows up with more of what we have come to love throughout this E.P, the difference in each track.  This final track comes in at just under seven minutes with many a guitar rocking instrumental alongside the occasional cry of harmonies.  

Coming in as under twenty minutes, this E.P is just a tease of what a potential album could look like and it’s exciting to see.  Whilst the wait for an album could be a while due to the current climate, many listeners wouldn’t complain if a side B was created as a follow up to this beautiful creation.  

Twin Peaks have produced four tracks all with their own personality and own rhythms that mean the Chicago based band knows exactly how to create those feel-good feelings during a tough time. 

Side A is out now via ChalkPress Agency

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