Like sitting in on an intimate musical affair.
Label: FatCat Records
Released: 16th October 2015
Take a little chisel and chip away at polished songs on record and eventually you’ll find their skeletons, versions that lack some elements of the full production but unveil something entirely new. Take Scottish lads The Twilight Sad in the year following the brilliant ‘Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave’ and plonk them in a great Glasgow venue, and slowly, they tweak their own music until there’s you see a subtly different side of the band.
As James sings without curbing his accent, the delicate surroundings make you feel more at home in Scotland. ‘Pills I Swallow’ is a melancholy affair, ‘The Airport’ is brimming with optimism and ‘Leave The House’ moves to the acoustic. Given their downbeat yet entrancing sound on record, it’s not massively far removed, but these subtle changes across the board and live sense are just enough.
Stripped down sessions aren’t something new, but they are still nice to see. Here, the Scottish accent can lull you into a serene state. The bones of their album are still there, with one or two others thrown in for good measure, but it’s like being a fly on the wall way back when they were crafted, like sitting in on an intimate musical affair. Heather McDaid