Brothers in bass explore their happy place.
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.