10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long Island’s Twin Sister sounds more like a band hatched somewhere in England, with a sound that’s pure mystical embrace. The electronics are therapeutic, creating and releasing tension as the situation calls. Singer Andrea Estella is bumped up in the mix, so tracks like “Luna’s Theme” and “Gene Ciampi” take on an almost Stereolab-type glow. There are pop hooks bouncing off the walls of tunes as different as “Saturday Sunday,” “Space Babe,” and the muted grace of “Daniel.” The sound is tighter on the group’s debut album than on its previous two EPs, a graduation of sound that befits a band moving up in notice and accomplishment. The guitar licks of “Stop” fuel the duet between Estella and guitarist Eric Cardona. “Eastern Green” clings closer to traditional song structure while still evoking elements of pop, disco, R&B, and gothic charm. It’s deceptively lightweight. The album standout “Kimmi in a Rice Field” layers sound on sound yet floats to the surface.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long Island’s Twin Sister sounds more like a band hatched somewhere in England, with a sound that’s pure mystical embrace. The electronics are therapeutic, creating and releasing tension as the situation calls. Singer Andrea Estella is bumped up in the mix, so tracks like “Luna’s Theme” and “Gene Ciampi” take on an almost Stereolab-type glow. There are pop hooks bouncing off the walls of tunes as different as “Saturday Sunday,” “Space Babe,” and the muted grace of “Daniel.” The sound is tighter on the group’s debut album than on its previous two EPs, a graduation of sound that befits a band moving up in notice and accomplishment. The guitar licks of “Stop” fuel the duet between Estella and guitarist Eric Cardona. “Eastern Green” clings closer to traditional song structure while still evoking elements of pop, disco, R&B, and gothic charm. It’s deceptively lightweight. The album standout “Kimmi in a Rice Field” layers sound on sound yet floats to the surface.

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About Mr Twin Sister

Formerly known as Twin Sister, Long Island, New York's Mr Twin Sister make music that is dreamy, yet danceable. The five members of the group -- vocalist Andrea Estella, bassist Gabe D'Amico, drummer Bryan Ujueta, keyboardist Dev "Udbhav" Gupta, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Cardona -- crossed paths while playing in their respective bands, ultimately befriending each other and forming Twin Sister in 2008. Their first EP, Vampires with Dreaming Kids, was self-released that year. After their first live show out of town, at SXSW, they toured with tUnE-YarDs and Xiu Xiu before putting the final touches on their second EP, Color Your Life, which followed in 2010. In 2011, Twin Sister signed to Domino Records and released their first full-length, In Heaven, that September. The group underwent some drastic changes in 2013: not only did Twin Sister part ways with Domino, but Estella was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and a car crash while on tour in Tallahassee, Florida left them lucky to be alive. After taking time to recover, the quintet recorded its second album with the help of producer Jon Low and members of Ava Luna, and rechristened themselves Mr Twin Sister. Their darker, electronics-driven self-titled second album arrived in September 2014. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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