TWINSCAPES

Brothers in bass ex­plore their happy place.

Prog - - The Musical Box - CR

That’s pos­si­bly the most 80s-sound­ing al­bum ti­tle since the 80s, and it’s no ac­ci­dent. Twinscapes’ sec­ond al­bum turns their twin bass at­tack into a homage to early he­roes. Throw a Filo­fax at any gather­ing of prog mu­si­cians and you’ll hit a Ja­pan fan who wor­ships Mick Karn, but this is an in­formed labour of love which ac­knowl­edges the con­tri­bu­tions also made to that decade’s defin­ing sounds by Pino Pal­ladino, Mark King, Tina Wey­mouth and oth­ers. Did we men­tion these guys both play bass? You doubt­less knew that, from Colin Ed­win’s work with Por­cu­pine Tree and Lorenzo Feli­ciati’s of­fer­ings with Naked Truth. The pair played their first gig at a tiny Lon­don bar on the day they met in 2013, and their mu­si­cal rap­port has since proven fruit­ful, funky and ex­ploratory. On pa­per, two Jaco Pas­to­riuses might sound a bit rich: in prac­tice, with drum­mer Roberto Gualdi key, they’ve bur­rowed out a fas­ci­nat­ing space of their own. Tin Can nods to the krautrock kings while Sev­er­ing Suns brings in emo­tive choral voices. Fu­ture Echo en­cap­su­lates their deft­ness, dust­ing off that 80s scrap­book and spray­ing it with elec­tron­ics and dy­namism. A win­ning chem­istry.

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