Millenials Generate 60s Charm
Chicago garage rock band Twin Peaks released their first album Sunken in 2012. It was recorded in the basement of Vocalist Cadien James. Since then, the band has grown and refined the rawness to a smoother and more melancholy sound. Their latest album, Down in Heaven, provides a calming energy fused with lyrics of depth. The band has also added keyboardist Colin Croom on the third album, contributing to the developing sound that is Twin Peaks.
Down in Heaven is reminiscent to a ’60’s and ’70’s rock theme. The band definitely had an influence when working on this album that channels The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. The opening track “Walk To The One You Love” crosses the bands garage rock with power-pop, delivering the bands fun yet charming sound.
“Wanted You” is a sweet ballad filled with a soft drum and vocals that range from a high pitch to a soft and exposed tone. A calm pace but still moving song. The wistful tones are similarly visible in “Heavenly Showers” with a blend of acoustic guitars and heartbroken lyrics.
“My Boys” follows, which turns around the tone with a faster pop tempo, but is still a harmonic and a snappy tune about being on the road. The vocals on “Cold Lips” exhibit a Jaggeresque range. Something that can be difficult but James masters it. It’s ambitious and enjoyable.
The final track “Have You Ever?” concludes the album with brilliant riffs and “ooh ooh oohs” you can hum along too. Croom explores an experimental mood with the keyboard resulting in the unique sounds. Twin Peaks has progressively improved with each album, and with the addition of the keyboard completing the five piece band, it’s as if the missing link was found, and they are now working on elaborating the sound.