Fan of Neil Young? Elliott Smith? Then Twin Falls may just tickle your ears to the verge of seduction. Melodic, melancholic, wrapped organically in intertwining ethereal harmonies.
BBC Radio1 gave Twin Falls his first playlist position with ‘Janie I Will Only Let You Down’ being played on Huw Stephens, Scott Mills, Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Annie Mac’s shows through December 2011. Whilst both Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson provided several plays over on BBC 6Music.
A succession of live dates later, along with a tip of the cap from fellow west country dweller and PJ Harvey right hand John Parish (who included ‘Janie I Will Only Let You down’ on a compilation he was curating), Luke Stidson, aka `Twin Falls`, released his full length debut record ‘Slow Numb’ later in 2011. A record which he spent a year recording in various living rooms, sheds, garages and barns in his native Somerset.
At points you’d be forgiven for thinking Neil Young was a big influence on the out-and-out folk/country moments (he is). You may think the nasty fuzz guitar and synth pop combinations were intended to remind you of Grandaddy (they probably were) and you may even think the ethereal light that touches the production as a whole makes a distinct nod to the late great Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. All of this would be true, but it’s the finely tuned oscillation between these points that help give Twin Falls a unique character.
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