“…The majority of the album is pitched somewhere between wistful, woozy alt-country and the broken, string-laden electronic laments of Grandaddy – although it is bookended by two fizzing, swooning, and quietly epic laments that wouldn’t sound out of place on an M83 album. The production is big and heavily instrumented, providing a deep river of melody for Stidson’s lyrics, which manage to sound simultaneously cynical and full of hope….”
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THIS IS FAKE DIY - INTERVIEW
“…Recording under the moniker Twin Falls, his lush, bittersweet “lo fi romantic” musings have been championed recently by both Steve Lamacq and John Parish, also known as PJ Harvey’s right hand man. DIY had a chinwag with Luke as he prepares to release his debut…”
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GOD IS IN THE TV
“This LP opens beguilingly, male and female vocals over a sustained organ note on Living Hell, before a subtle minimal beat and synthy-strings join this wistful and maudlin opener. It’s an impressive curtain raiser for this record, the brainchild of Luke Stidson from Somerset and the chap responsible for the now defunct Exercise1 record label (who released the fantastic 50minutes record)…”
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TOTAL GUITAR MAGAZINE - OCTOBER 2009
“Featuring the subtle accoutic nuances of sadly departed songsmith Elliott Smith, Twin Falls have created some truly meloncholic moments with stunning beams of hope shining through the blackness. Frontman Luke Stidson is the musical bard at the helm, but without the orchestration of his well versed band-of bouzoukis, cellos, glockenspiels, banjos, mandolins, thigh slaps and hand claps- the music wouldn’t be nearly as haunting. The band wrote, recorded and produced their debut ep before releasing it via their own label, Nordic Fir, too.”
GOD IS IN THE TV (5 out of 5)
“I’ve got a confession to make, it’s one that people who know me will already know, but I feel it’s a secret I should share with you dear reader, I like country music. Yes you read right, I like country music, not Garth Brooks andShania Twain type stuff you must understand, but the dark, miserable, heartbreak of alt country. Thankfully I am not alone, as West Country/ London based band Twin Falls prove on their debut “We Will Begin To Flicker” EP. Wearing their country influences on their banjos this band formed from the ashes of UK indie label Exercise 1.
Twin Falls aren’t just a country band, this six song EP contains a great indie pop flavour too, reminiscent ofBallboy or Hefner, both bands with more than a little country side their selves. From the opening bars of “Jaine I Will Only Let You Down” to the closing of “Scientists” Twin Falls never let you down, crafting songs of such infectious joy and despair, that can only fail to melt the hearts of the most hard hearted cynic amongst you.
This EP was recorded during the bitter winter snowstorms we had last winter, so while I was freezing my special areas off and slipping over not once but three times, it’s nice to know that someone was able to use the weather to their advantage, instead of just moaning they were cold, as I may have been doing.
This EP deserves to be essential listening, whether in sun, rain or snow, it’s a joy to behold and perfect to snuggle up to, alone or with someone special. If you’re a fan of Sparklehorse, Wilco, Rags and Feathers, Ballboy, Ryan Adams or Liam Frost, do yourself a favour and get a copy of this EP, you won’t be disappointed.”
“Dreams of far off places and memories close to home with folk’s newest young rebels
Searching for a way in which to describe Twin Falls debut EP We Will Begin To Flicker seems easy: There’s obvious comparisons to draw. You could say their melody’s are similar to Noah And The Whale or Magnetic Fields – alt.folk shimmers awash with colourful journeys down reminiscent lanes and woebegone landscapes - wishing all those romances away/again where applicable. This first release on Twin Falls own label was also recorded in the cold, bare-faced frost of a somerset outhouse during Britain’s biggest snowstorm in twenty years; a lonesome dwelling akin to Iver’s cabin, or Grizzly’s Veckatimest, and that imbues We Will.. with a lonesome veracity.
But really it’s always easy to draw comparisons, and on a release as worthy in it’s own right as this, not particularly apt. Borne from the flickering remains of the Label ‘Exercise 1’, former label founder Luke Stidson proceeds with five friends through vivid narratives. Opener ‘Jamie, I Will Only Let You Down’ is a honest tale of saccharine heartbreak; recited in Stidson’s plaintive voice– a letter left on a bedside table stamped shut with a kiss. ‘Chunk Honey’ repeats a similar trick; stripping Twin Falls to bare essentials. If Noah’s angst is filtered through Spring’s blooming beauty, however, then Twin Fall’s is kicked through leaves in autumn and hibernates in winter, “won’t leave the house” Stidson sings, “even if you stay”.
The mid pairing of ‘Neverending Scar’ and ‘Matters Of The Heart’ disregard the bucolic lucidity in favour of fitful experimentation – the former an urgent flight through dense banjo and beating harmonica and the latter a deep throb of fuzzy guitar and voices singing face to face – watching stars for movement and sighing loudly. It’s a forceful move, and one that puts Twin Falls in a similar positon to alt.folk upstarts like Meursault or The Pictish Trail. If Twin Falls season is one of deep hues and dreams of far off places, it’s our reward we can be there with them.”