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Twin River - Passing Shade

by Jim Harris Rating:9 Release Date:2016-07-29

If you are overwhelmed with dry, self-conscious, artsy alternative music that seems to be popping up with more and more frequency, snatch up this second release by Twin River.  You don’t even have to tell anybody.  Just plug it in and listen.  This Vancouver-based rock band is a blast to listen to with heavy doses of uptempo waves of shimmering rock and roll that showcases some excellent guitar and is punctuated by Courtney Ewan Bromley's exquisite voice.

Courtney’s voice is stellar and it makes you wonder what’s in the water up there in Canada, as she comes from the same vocal territory as a long line of magnificent voices like Laura Marling, Kathleen Edwards, and she has a direct affinity to Neko Case.

And of course, like a lot of these successful pop bands out of Canada, Twin River has some production ties to the New Pornographers.

But Twin River do it right.  While they started out as an acoustic duo, they grew bored with that and their first album was reverb heavy and not as cohesive as this new one, Passing Shade.

Except for the rather excessive intro of static noise (Why do groups do this? Save that for their concerts…) Passing Shade is ten strong songs of good old rock and roll that falls into the best of what Best Coast can do occasionally and makes you wonder what the Cowboy Junkies could have cranked out if they hadn’t taken themselves too Faulkner serious.

Courtney’s voice even shows some wonderful earthy range on ‘Baby’ and ‘Known to Run’ but the showcase song, ‘Knife’, tells you all you need to know about where this band is headed.

Twin River exhibits unabashedly robust waves of joyous rock and roll on Passing Shade and with such strong guitar, vocals and song structures, they would no doubt be a joy to see onstage and hopefully that will help build the following they deserve.

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Sounds great Jim. I'm in tropical North Queensland. Sounds like beach lazing music ! The Cowboy Junkies without excessive nuance is The Walkabouts!

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Yes! beach lazing is right. You are in a good place, I bet!

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You betcha. Beating the southern cool. Absolutely cracking day today ! Check FB Listening to Psychic Ills, but will switch to Twin Rivers soon

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You nailed it. I'm pretty picky about my rock, but this hits the spot.

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