Music Mo'nday on a Wednesday: Twin Sister Live
All around and away we go...
By Rob Cohen, 1:11PM, Wed. Feb. 1, 2012
When I learned that Long Island dream-poppers Twin Sister, one of my favorite new artists of 2011, were playing on my birthday, I instantly knew where I would be to celebrate.
After starting the night off with a couple bottles of sweet moscato we headed to Mohawk right on time. The show was sold out. In what resembled a Portlandia sketch, it took us forever to politely shove our way to the front for openers Ava Luna. Next time a safety pin in our sleeve might help.
Ava Luna were decent. Their hookless, slippery funk had occasional flashes of brilliance when they hit a sweet groove. They really shined when they kept it simple. The clunky beats and female vocals recalled Tune-Yards, while passionate frontman Carlos (yes, just Carlos, according to their website) recalled Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan. They were an apt appetizer.
A quick ciggy, and we returned to an even more packed crowd. I wasn't fucking around this time. We squirmed our way through the mush of flesh and made it almost to the front, where the superfans would not let us get any closer. Good enough. A couple synth tones and weed smell penetrated the air. Out Twin Sister came, soft-spoken and unassuming, and it was on. They slinked and pumped their way through a tight set of lush, gauzy dream treats, my favorite being "Lady Daydream," a sparkly slow jam with some awesome spy-movie guitar. Most of the songs featured this sharp noir guitar tone. Their signature song "All Around and Away We Go" was a body-moving crowd pleaser. Every song grooved like clockwork, albeit melted Dalí-style dream clocks. Lead singer Andrea Estella was charming, disarmingly cute, and spot-on vocally. In the middle of the magic, it was clear that we could have a really prolific band in Twin Sister. Have a looksy at the gallery for more pics, and watch their latest video.