Lunar Twin are a two piece dreamwave band from Los Angeles, United States Of America. And upon listening to their EP one has to disregard Los Angeles’ long steeped reputation as the birthplace for Glam Rock, and meet this interesting group.
Respectively their music strikes me as an interesting blend of industrial king Gary Numan, atmospheric story tellers such Leonard Cohen or Lou Reed with slight modern undertones. Christopher Murphy and Bryce Boudreau truly are confident songwriters within their genre choice and know very well how to draw the listener in with the first track Sirens, it fills the mind full of imagery pertaining to an abandoned Industrial estate, cold and unloving landscapes but a very stirring chorus.
The next track Champagne raises you from the melancholy vibe that Sirens instills, and has a warm keyboard riff that creates a beautiful audio world around the listen, stretching out with little guitar bends in the background oozing in reverb. with Bryce’ vocals sitting comfortably in the foreground and rocking you gently to sleep. It has a few treats in there, a mini bridge before verse two, a subway still rattle on your sonic walls shakes you momentary and then Bryce comes back in and rocks you back to the slumber.
Metroplex digs deep straight into you and forces you awake, in a bounce though feeling refreshed and ready for the more up tempo feel. This has a very catchy chorus, almost reminiscent of Marilyn Manson in certain ranges, but definitely more light-hearted and uplifting. This is a definite hookie type song and will have you chirping away to it for a good few weeks after.
By this stage, we are very familiar with the song composition of this fearsome duo. They have achieved something a lot of new artists can’t do, between two competent musicians, create harmony, structure and space. Each song while could easily stand on it’s own two feet, paired together alongside fills the gaps between each other and make for a full story weaved around the audience.
Cruel Water, the last song adds to the atmosphere and keeps the hook driven style chorus of Metroplex, but winds you down to a lovely slow waltz groove and cements the groups indelible work as a genuine and misty eyed glance in time, back to when music felt organic, and not forced. Even for electronic music, it feels as natural as fruit and in no way tests the listener, and makes you float sweetly down the river or pleasant noise and away into an environment you will return to again again.
I give this EP a rate of Four out Of Five, the one point down as I really did not want it to end and wished for more from the two guys from L.A. They have one more fan to their ranks eagerly awaiting their full length.