Twin Peaks take from various influences, and a plethora of sounds, to create a delightful LP
As polished as they’ve sounded so far, Twin Peaks return with their third offering; an album with a heightened sense of maturity, but still keeping their youthful quirkiness that has allowed them to rightly be labeled as one of the most exciting bands around at present.
Where their previous releases were swathed in energy and general raucousness, ‘Down In Heaven’ tones it down ever so slightly. But this loss is no way in detriment to the quality of the record, which above all is a showcase of how the Chicago band have progressed since their debut ‘Sunken,’ and 2014’s follow up ‘Wild Onion.’
The album is compact, with no song lasting much longer than three minutes, and not really needing to either. Twin Peaks don’t fall into the trap of staying in one place for too long, like so many other bands do; and although some of the tracks run the risk of feeling a bit samey, the LP as a whole is overwhelmingly strong.
The garage rock element, although not relied upon as much here, is thankfully still present, from full-speed opener ‘Walk To The One You Love,’ right through to the gorgeous riffs of ‘Butterfly.’
The rest is more of a mellower affair. ‘Wanted You’ is gentle yet passionate, with the repeated line “I wanted you, but you didn’t want me” a testament to how songwriting doesn’t have to be overly clever to be great. And ‘Heavenly Showers’ – which is ever so aptly named – beginning with gorgeous guitar, and continuing with the vocal ability to match.
One couldn’t review such an album, or indeed such a band, without pointing out the notable influences running throughout the record. The Kinks are most prominent, with tinges of The Beatles and The Monkees also present. It’s a nod to a wonderful era, and the type of sound 2016 could do with more of.
As a whole, the sound itself is a lot cleaner than their previous, scuzzy efforts. Arguably that can be a band’s charm; that whole garage rock thing never did anyone any harm. But stay with the same sound for too long and it can lose its shine – especially when you get into third album territory.
Thankfully, Twin Peaks have the talent and the musical ability to be able to take from various influences, and a plethora of sounds, to create a delightful LP, becoming more established in the process.
‘Down In Heaven’ is out now via Communion Records.
This Twin Peaks article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor.