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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

THE MUSIC IS GREAT THOUGH.

Tim F, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:52 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

max, Sunday, 5 October 2014 12:11 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Ta for this.

etc, Sunday, 19 October 2014 22:54 (four years ago) Permalink

cool, feelin it

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

"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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

dow, Monday, 20 October 2014 00:22 (four years ago) Permalink

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

dow, Monday, 20 October 2014 00:56 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

btw this record

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

first four tracks completely devastate me at this point

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

i like everything on it

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

easy glistening album of the year

Tim F, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:36 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Sadly I meant Mr Mister of "Broken Wings".

Tim F, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:43 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:35 (four years ago) Permalink

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

||||||||, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:36 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Tim F, Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

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

The Reverend, Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:02 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

The Reverend, Thursday, 29 January 2015 23:11 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 January 2015 06:21 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

this is my favorite discovery from the albums poll too

first 2 tracks are perfect

ciderpress, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 20:34 (four years ago) Permalink

wow @ this

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

i forgot she dropped nbombs smh sorry

that sentiment, tho

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

That's really nice.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 15 June 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

'Tops and Bottoms' is magic. Knowing the lyrics really opened it up for me. Consumerism, anxiety, the male gaze, superficiality, ego, etc...addressed with serious economy.
Or, I could be reading too much into it. heh

Either way, what a special vocalist/lyricist. Something that I'm liking more about these singles than the last album is how up front and idiosyncratic the vocal performances
are again.

Also, saw the first show of the tour last Thursday. If you can, go. Didn't realize how much I'd missed em!

mr.raffles, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Salt playing over at https://radio.mrtwinsister.com/

mr.raffles, Thursday, 25 October 2018 03:07 (three months ago) Permalink

https://mrtwinsister.bandcamp.com/

the album is out on their bandcamp too now

ufo, Thursday, 25 October 2018 03:36 (three months ago) Permalink

so this is pretty great?

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 October 2018 04:10 (three months ago) Permalink

the whole album is excellent but i'm completely blown away by Keep on Mixing and Taste in Movies

also love the new background vocals added to Jaipur

ufo, Thursday, 25 October 2018 04:26 (three months ago) Permalink

i do wish they'd included power of two and echo arms, the balance would feel a bit better with uptempo tracks like those in there

ufo, Thursday, 25 October 2018 05:40 (three months ago) Permalink

"Keep on Mixing" throwing off a Truesteppers/2-step vibe at times.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:29 (three months ago) Permalink

"buy to return" is amazing

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:34 (three months ago) Permalink

im so happy

caulk the wagon and float it, Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:38 (three months ago) Permalink

BNMTS

||||||||, Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:53 (three months ago) Permalink

stoked for this .... havent heard yet

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Feel like they are the best band in the world today

boxedjoy, Friday, 26 October 2018 07:37 (three months ago) Permalink

they are

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:10 (three months ago) Permalink

definitely seemed that way at the release show last night

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:28 (three months ago) Permalink

echo arms was so good, they really couldn't have made room for that on the record?

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:28 (three months ago) Permalink

I’ve just added it to my edit

||||||||, Friday, 26 October 2018 14:29 (three months ago) Permalink

i've put Power of Two and Echo Arms in between Alien FM and Koh-I-Noor and it takes the album from a 9 to a 10

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

I also wish that they had done an extended Echo Arms instead of Power Of Two, although both feel like some lost Paradise Garage classic

boxedjoy, Friday, 26 October 2018 14:37 (three months ago) Permalink

idk the album is perfectly wonderful without them, i’m fine with 1 awesome album and 1 awesome double-sided single

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah i understand why they left it off, but i already regret not buying that echo arms/power of two single at the merch table.

fred-a van vleet (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:44 (three months ago) Permalink

it just adds a little more of their dance side to it and sort of balances it out a bit better, the album feels a lot slower without them. it's great as it is but i definitely prefer my edit

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 14:47 (three months ago) Permalink

i want a whole album of the sophisti-2-step of Keep on Mixing

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

i just like that the album is a more chilled out space generally

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:58 (three months ago) Permalink

deseo reminds me of the blue nile's from rags to riches

ufo, Friday, 26 October 2018 16:12 (three months ago) Permalink

the way the strings flutter in across this, the meticulous hi-hat sounds, the brass on "Taste In Movies" - what a wonderful sounding album

boxedjoy, Friday, 26 October 2018 17:48 (three months ago) Permalink

This band has been through so much, and it’s incredible to listen to their discography and hear their evolution. This album is sublime!

KevRus, Sunday, 28 October 2018 04:21 (three months ago) Permalink

the other week i had kind of dysphoric episode over my clothes but it was nice to have the chorus of "tops and bottoms" running through my head during it

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:20 (three months ago) Permalink

She's such an underrated lyricist.

mr.raffles, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:29 (three months ago) Permalink

let me be
strong enough
make my heart
kind enough

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 23:31 (three months ago) Permalink

cheap
shit!

ufo, Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:31 (three months ago) Permalink

I’ve always liked this band but this album is on another level.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Saw them last night in Seattle and am still floating. They are so tight and dialed in with their sound. Stood next to the board and their sound guy does as much as anyone on stage, constantly finessing the mix and dubbing out the drums. Definitely felt like the last time I’ll see them in a small club.

Yelploaf, Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:10 (three months ago) Permalink

but why do they have such a bad name so that I only bothered to click the thread now???

niels, Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:21 (three months ago) Permalink

They were called Twin Sister, another act with the same name sued them, they had to take something else that was different but still recognisably the same band. They don't really like the name, I think.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:42 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

they should have gone with tvvin sister imo

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 12 November 2018 02:44 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

||||||||, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:05 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

'Salt' is finally getting a vinyl release!

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

KevRus, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:50 (three days ago) Permalink

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 (three days ago) Permalink

@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 days ago) Permalink

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 days ago) Permalink


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