West country songwriter/producer Luke Stidson, better known as Twin Falls, releases his second full-length record ‘May All Your Dreams Be Full Of Light’ in May 2013.
Stidson was once the proprietor of Exercise1, a record label remembered for the ‘50minutes’ compilation (featuring a young Emmy The Great, Youthmovies and the legendary Daniel Johnston) as well as the debut single from Summer Camp member Jeremy Warmsley. The label closed its books in 2006, leaving Luke to return to what he had been doing before, recording his and other people’s music in his Somerset home studio.
Twin Falls’ debut album ‘Slow Numb’ was released to wide acclaim in 2011. The lead single ‘Janie I Will Only Let You Down’, a somewhat self-pitiful sweeping folk ditty, gave Stidson his first major playlisting on BBC Radio1. The likes of Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Greg James and Fearne Cotton spun the record on daytime shows, whilst over on BBC 6music, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson became firm fans. Following a lengthy stint of full-band live shows across the country, and numerous 4 and 5 star reviews from online press, Twin Falls rounded off this string of good luck by heading to BBC Maida Vale’s legendary studio 4 (the Peel Sessions studio) to record a session for BBC Introducing.
During the frosty February of 2012 Luke began to put thoughts to tape on the subject of his second record, most of the songs already taking shape around fumbled notes on a newly restored 1850s Harmonium. Sonically, ‘May All Your Dreams..’ makes little comparison to ‘Slow Numb’, but perhaps takes off further from where the debut eventually left us – with tattered synths and intricately woven guitar lines partnering Stidson’s plaintive vocals.
Writing, performing and engineering the record himself from his home studio – a cave of lost and forgotten instruments and oddball recording tools in South Somerset – Stidson called on help from regular contributors Emma Kingston and James Thornton (Follow The Sun), as well as a few others, to complete the work he had started. Opening track ‘Romancer’ (recently described by BBC Introducing as “epic, original, consummate pop music…coming on like a dirty Death Cab”) launches the listener into Stidson’s apocalyptic look at the human plight, which is a scene that wasn’t purely accidental. When writing from his own perspective had become less forthcoming, Luke began to write from the point of view of the last man on earth remembering all he had lost, giving Twin Falls’ trademark tales of regret and self-reflection an added air of desperation.
The result is a varied and ruthless mix of noises and ideas. An ideal recommendation for anyone at home with the likes of Sparklehorse, Mercury Rev or The Flaming Lips.
Arriving May 20th on CD. However, pre-orders are available now and all include a link to download the album immediately. The deluxe pre-order option includes a bottle of ale, brewed exclusively in Somerset to celebrate this album’s release.