Mr Twin Sister

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Don't know why this group decided to add the "Mr" to their name, it feels awkward to me, but then I never paid attention to them before really so whatever the fuck.

Brad and Deej hipped me to their new album and first under this moniker, and they were so so right, brad says "smoke weed listen to sade" and deej says "maurice fulton" and I say not much cos I keep listening to this instead. But it does make me imagine an album built around the aesthetic that A Mountain of One explored shamefully only once on their cover of "Can't Be Serious" with Martina Topley Bird. Anyway I'm totally obsessed with it and so should you be.

In The House Of Yes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmpwRErrrsk

Out Of The Dark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAOvZEobgQw

I think this should appeal to my balearic crew, to my sade crew, to my dixon crew, all crews welcome in fact.

Tim F, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:20 (seven years ago) link

i am a woman
but inside i'm a man
and i want to be as gay as i can

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 3 October 2014 21:22 (seven years ago) link

I want an extended version of "Out of the Dark". I suppose I could always mess around with freeware audio editors again.

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Friday, 3 October 2014 21:23 (seven years ago) link

The most implausible part of the Veronica Mars movie was that Twin Sister's "All Around and Away We Go" was presented as a hit for a Katy Perry-like pop star.

jaymc, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:45 (seven years ago) link

I'd seen this name on places like Pitchfork, but I had no idea Twin Sister had added "Mr" to the name. I just thought it was someone different.

This sounds totally unlike what they sounded like 3-4 years ago.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:49 (seven years ago) link

I think that's the reason for the change but i still don't like it, it feels like they had a messy car crash with Mr Mr.

Tim F, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:51 (seven years ago) link

THE MUSIC IS GREAT THOUGH.

Tim F, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:52 (seven years ago) link

Listening to the album now. I'm on board.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:53 (seven years ago) link

Legal threats from another Twin Sister, “the self-proclaimed greatest Star Wars funk band,” who performed in full costume.

TTAGGGTTAGGG (Sanpaku), Friday, 3 October 2014 22:03 (seven years ago) link

Out of the Dark is a bop. Wish it didn't end so abruptly.

I think their first album is underrated.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Friday, 3 October 2014 22:08 (seven years ago) link

i also wish "out of the dark" were longer and i maybe wish "twelve angels" were shorter

best side one i've heard all year though

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 3 October 2014 23:19 (seven years ago) link

i love this album. some of it sounds like bjork doing linda difranco and sade covers.

max, Sunday, 5 October 2014 12:11 (seven years ago) link

This album is really something. Balearic/Dixon/Sade is so right, I can't believe nobody tried it before.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 18 October 2014 18:35 (seven years ago) link

Ta for this.

etc, Sunday, 19 October 2014 22:54 (seven years ago) link

cool, feelin it

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 19 October 2014 23:08 (seven years ago) link

"Blush" especially on the Sade (also thinkin if we could get Jessie Ware on some of this weed but would she b paranoid)

dow, Sunday, 19 October 2014 23:33 (seven years ago) link

Listening to album now on Spotify goddam---dream pop & bass? No lack of personality or atmosphere

dow, Monday, 20 October 2014 00:22 (seven years ago) link

2011 alb very good too so damn confident but no time for smug "Beep beep."

dow, Monday, 20 October 2014 00:56 (seven years ago) link

Loved their EPs in 2009-10 - think "All Around And Away We Go" was my favourite track by anyone that year - then found their first LP in 2011 to be a huge let-down, just a few highlights and "Saturday Sunday" was just terrible. Will try to check out their new stuff with an open mind.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:08 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

btw this record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 01:45 (six years ago) link

So good. One of my late discoveries (Thanks to Johnny Fever for having it in his albums of the year list) but already very high on my own list.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 01:49 (six years ago) link

first four tracks completely devastate me at this point

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 01:54 (six years ago) link

Yeah the first half is just gorgeous. The second half seems so unexpected after those songs but it somehow it really works as a whole album.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 01:58 (six years ago) link

i like everything on it

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 02:01 (six years ago) link

is there even a real me
or am i just a series of nights

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 02:03 (six years ago) link

This LP is now my favourite this year, not a weak spot on it, glad they've stopped trying to be an indie band and embraced this strung-out 5am post-disco thing, her voice deserves it.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 03:23 (six years ago) link

i found this album very pleasant to listen to and every time it has gone straight in one ear and out the other

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 09:29 (six years ago) link

easy glistening album of the year

Tim F, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:36 (six years ago) link

I think that's the reason for the change but i still don't like it, it feels like they had a messy car crash with Mr Mr.

― Tim F, Friday, October 3, 2014 5:51 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

Tim do you mean the K-pop band MR.MR???

, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:41 (six years ago) link

Sadly I meant Mr Mister of "Broken Wings".

Tim F, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:43 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Hmm, in my memory, this thread was way longer.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:35 (six years ago) link

biggest gap between the awfulness of the band name and the quality of the music?

||||||||, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:36 (six years ago) link

I think I did most of my enthusing on Facebook with brad & deej

Tim F, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:57 (six years ago) link

Pretty sure I overlooked this on the basis of the terrible name too.

The Reverend, Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:02 (six years ago) link

nearly overlooked it on the basis of 1) their name 2) the previous associations i had re: their sound 3) who was writing about them

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:04 (six years ago) link

thankfully a friend whose taste i really trust recommended it to me

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:05 (six years ago) link

It took many co-signs for me to check it out.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:07 (six years ago) link

I never actually saw anyone talking about or recommending them, just the name!

The Reverend, Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:11 (six years ago) link

i love this record so much and it really should've been no. 1 on my ballot

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:13 (six years ago) link

it has this really wonderful dual quality of being smoky and precise, dreamy and present

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:15 (six years ago) link

yeah it's one of the best things to happen ever. still remember the feeling hearing 'in the house of yes' for the first time, when the disco strings came in.

flopson, Friday, 30 January 2015 01:05 (six years ago) link

it has this really wonderful dual quality of being smoky and precise, dreamy and present

― emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

otm

j. winters (josh), Friday, 30 January 2015 03:17 (six years ago) link

This is great, my favorite discovery so far from the poll results.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 January 2015 06:21 (six years ago) link

not too in to the silent-shout-style tracks on the back half of this record, but overall its def my favorite discovery from the EOY top 77 polls.

max already invoked bjork, which is what i hear the most-- specifically the lush floral stuff from "Post"

gr8080, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 20:11 (six years ago) link

this is my favorite discovery from the albums poll too

first 2 tracks are perfect

ciderpress, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 20:34 (six years ago) link

wow @ this

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 21:53 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wfKe9uwGhA

deej loaf (D-40), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25 (six years ago) link

i forgot she dropped nbombs smh sorry

that sentiment, tho

deej loaf (D-40), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Newest song continues their penchant for slick grooves, although I guess they a different vocalist for this one?

https://mrtwinsister.bandcamp.com/album/the-erotic-book

klonman, Monday, 15 June 2015 18:46 (six years ago) link

That's really nice.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 15 June 2015 19:03 (six years ago) link

I did always wonder why they didn't choose a completely new name as they've changed direction drastically since those days and "Mr Twin Sister" is such a dreadful name, to the point where convincing people to listen to them is harder than it needs to be

boxedjoy, Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:46 (two years ago) link

they should have gone with tvvin sister imo

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 12 November 2018 02:44 (two years ago) link

makes me think of Twisted Sister

I guess a lot of bands end up with a name they don't really like

anyway, thanks for bumping this thread so much that I had to take a look

niels, Monday, 12 November 2018 08:16 (two years ago) link

i think "bad" band names (cf. majical cloudz) are better than seamlessly competent/"normal" ones (cf. grizzly bear) ¯\_ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ_/¯

caulk the wagon and float it, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

i obviously can't speak to how the band feels about it but i think 'mr twin sister' foregrounds the genderfluid themes in their recent music so i appreciate it on that level!

caulk the wagon and float it, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:32 (two years ago) link

p.s. here's the track order i'm now listening to this in

keep on mixing
alien fm
power of two
koh-i-noor
buy to return
tops & bottoms
deseo
echo arms
taste in movies
jaipur
set me free

i just couldn't bear to keep listening to echo arms & power of two separately!

caulk the wagon and float it, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:34 (two years ago) link

Considering that they entertained names such as Snake Butt, Dolphin Knee, Fish Toe, Jelly Chin, and Blood Chugger. where they landed isn't so bad.

Yelploaf, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:59 (two years ago) link

i obviously can't speak to how the band feels about it but i think 'mr twin sister' foregrounds the genderfluid themes in their recent music so i appreciate it on that level!

― caulk the wagon and float it, Monday, November 12, 2018 2:32 PM (twenty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i was going to say something similar

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 12 November 2018 22:00 (two years ago) link

they did NOT consider any of those names did they ?!

||||||||, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:05 (two years ago) link

Hahaha, no. I was just making a corny joke about the divisiveness of their name. It's objectively awful but somehow perfect for the band they now are i.e. the best band going.

Yelploaf, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:21 (two years ago) link

despite not being totally sold on the new album yet, i went to their show last nite and it was fantastic

flopson, Monday, 12 November 2018 23:18 (two years ago) link

They were magical in SF. 'Tops and Bottoms' really clicked for me. The vocal distortion jumping jacks she would do are really effective live!

KevRus, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:49 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

'Salt' is finally getting a vinyl release!

https://mrtwinsister.bandcamp.com/album/salt

KevRus, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:50 (two years ago) link

So I've been thinking about the early years when they were just called Twin Sister. This era gets imo unfairly neglected, probably because the only LP they put out then ("In Heaven") is easily the worst thing they've ever released. But! This was the time I first got into the group - I heard All Around And Away We Go at the end of 2010 and obsessed over them between then and the release of In Heaven the next year - they used to have everything free to download from their blog including heaps of demos and snippets, at one point they seemed to be putting something up there every day. The best of it was earth-shattering (I still consider All Around And Away We Go one of my favourite tracks of all time, perfect example of being utterly derivative and utterly transcendent at the same time), most was of a much lower quality though.

So I've sifted through these 80 or so tracks and ended up with mostly stuff from EPs and the LP, but I think it's a good introduction to the early days of the group. Love how they seem to be trying on completely different sounds with each track at first. Oh, and the two demos at the start can (maybe) be skipped if you want to get to the actual songs, but I wanted it to go in chronological order so there they stay.

It's in the form of a mix because I shouldn't put mp3s up here obvs, however if want to put it together yourself then the demos they are still easily findable online from the good ole mp3 blog era, and the other tracks are available for sale

Mix is here - https://www.mixcloud.com/centuries_of_sound/twin-sister-2009-2011/ - probably will need to rehost once mixcloud twigs what it is.

01 - October 23rd 2009 (Demo, 2009) - 0:00
02 - Ribbon Bow (Demo, 2009) - 2:19
03 - The Other Side of Your Face (Color Your Life, 2010) - 5:29
04 - Milk & Honey (Color Your Life, 2010) - 12:14
05 - All Around and Away We Go (Color Your Life, 2010) - 17:08
06 - Phenomenons (Color Your Life, 2010) - 21:29
07 - Lady Daydream (live on Big Ugly Yellow Couch, 2010) - 24:27
08 - Ginger (Vampires With Dreaming Kids, 2010) - 28:34
09 - Nectarine (Vampires With Dreaming Kids, 2010) - 32:28
10 - Meet the Frownies (Split Single with The Luyas, 2011) - 35:35
11 - Stop (In Heaven, 2011) - 39:36
12 - Bad Street (In Heaven, 2011) - 43:36
13 - Space Babe (In Heaven, 2011) - 48:14

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:01 (two years ago) link

@mfktz, is there a way to make that available in the US? Would love to dig into that era more. I personally love "In Heaven" but they've obviously taken leaps and bounds since then. Almost criminal how underrated this band is.

hotdoorknobs, Thursday, 21 February 2019 01:18 (two years ago) link

Blocked already - hm let's try soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/james-errington-769931947/twin-sister-2009-2011

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 21 February 2019 07:26 (two years ago) link

The first music video we've released in...7 years. Three more on the way.https://t.co/6PaWjEI9Z6

— Mr Twin Sister (@twinsistermusic) March 4, 2019

groovypanda, Monday, 4 March 2019 19:32 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

heard from friends who saw them recently & chatted with them for a while after the show that they're planning to release new music next year. really hope that eventuates, very much looking forward to anything new from them

ufo, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 00:45 (two years ago) link

Ah, such a magical show last night. Been dying to see them since Color Your Life but it makes sense that only "All Around.." remains on the setlist. That sounded better than ever, somehow. There was a new song, confirmed they're still pushing forward :)

geoffreyess, Saturday, 19 October 2019 16:31 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

!!

Two new singles for you, available now https://t.co/iMOKwGYG0e

— Mr Twin Sister (@twinsistermusic) February 26, 2021

groovypanda, Friday, 26 February 2021 16:25 (eight months ago) link

love the first one especially

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 26 February 2021 16:38 (eight months ago) link

very nice!

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Friday, 26 February 2021 16:42 (eight months ago) link

the world's best band

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 February 2021 16:55 (eight months ago) link

agree that the first one is superior, but i'm loving the chic organization energy of the second one

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:00 (eight months ago) link

I’m loving “Expressions”

they really are the best band

winters (josh), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:06 (eight months ago) link

I love the second one, but they’re both very good omens for the rest of the album.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:27 (eight months ago) link

Fabulous stuff!

KevRus, Friday, 26 February 2021 18:09 (eight months ago) link

i love these, especially "expressions". what a good band

ufo, Friday, 26 February 2021 20:24 (eight months ago) link

they remain perfect

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 27 February 2021 01:03 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Now on Spotify (and I presume other streaming services)

groovypanda, Friday, 19 March 2021 10:25 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

man, Salt is such an incredible record

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 6 May 2021 05:00 (five months ago) link

it's exquisite. i'm so excited for what comes next!

KevRus, Sunday, 9 May 2021 21:08 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVxNW6ElX7Y

new single "polvo" from new album al mundo azul!!!

ufo, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 12:04 (one month ago) link

this... is not doing much for me :|

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 12:13 (one month ago) link

the singles from earlier this year were much stronger but i don't think this is bad

ufo, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 12:18 (one month ago) link

i like

xheugy eddy (D-40), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 22:23 (one month ago) link

it’s really good

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 22:25 (one month ago) link

greatest band in the world

boxedjoy, Friday, 3 September 2021 06:36 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IApxTeNlZEE

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 13:40 (two weeks ago) link

nice!

bulb after bulb, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

ballarino valentino

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

album out nov 19

i like it more than "polvo"

ufo, Thursday, 14 October 2021 00:36 (one week ago) link

yeah, like this one more than "Polvo"

Murgatroid, Sunday, 17 October 2021 15:41 (one week ago) link

oh sorry ufo.

title is ‘al mondo azul,’

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 October 2021 11:19 (six days ago) link

aoty

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 October 2021 11:57 (six days ago) link

ooh "fantasy" is on the tracklist, they've been playing that live for ages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElyEtVzAF9Q

ufo, Thursday, 21 October 2021 11:58 (six days ago) link

also really glad "diary" and "expressions" are on the tracklist, i was a bit worried they might not be after "power of two" and "echo arms" were left off last time

ufo, Thursday, 21 October 2021 12:00 (six days ago) link

lol Brad

groovypanda, Thursday, 21 October 2021 12:46 (six days ago) link

"echo arms" is still one of my favs of theirs

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 October 2021 13:16 (six days ago) link


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