We take a look at the latest effort from Twin Peaks. Down in Heaven had us chomping at the bit following their brilliant 2014 LP Wild Onion. We knew what to expect though.

When we first heard of the imminent drop of Chicago’s perpetual perpetrators of garage rock and roll riots, Twin Peaks’ new album Down In Heaven we jumped for joy like tiny Anime school children. One of us may even have said “Yippee!”. So when the first chords hit a calmer note on opening track ‘Walk to the One You Love’ stunned looks bounced across the office.

This wasn’t what we signed up for. We wanted the beer-soaking, phet-taking, jump-for-joying garage riot we had so keenly anticipated (we covered the one chair in the office with a dust sheet and everything). Luckily though, what we hadn’t known is this would be the band’s best album to date.

If you’re looking for the ferocious and somewhat precocious energy of last LP Wild Onion then you will be slightly disappointed. However, if you are looking for that energy yet tuned and honed to a near-as-hell perfection then you’re in the right place.

Track such as ‘Wanted You’ and ‘My Boys’ are testament to this with their laconic 60’s vibe drenched in Americana, sounding a bit like The Rolling Stones if they really were from America instead of just wanting to be. Each track has a warm tone which seems genuinely authentic and having met the band we can only further agree to that.

But the warmth of the record, especially seen on releases like ‘Butterfly’, ‘Holding Roses’ and the un-released ‘Cold Lips’ is masking a veracious and touching song writing ability. It may sound like the summer with every strum but there’s a touch of winter in every track and it’s this duality which really shows Twin Peaks have moved on.

The music is no longer pure garage rock and roll anymore, it’s doused with pop, blues even a touch of country twang every so often. The energy is no longer frenetic anymore, it’s manipulated to suit the sound, it rolls and moves with the music. The band are no longer kids having a laugh anymore, it’s a band full of musicians looking to be artists in their own right.

Twin Peaks might’ve changed from their previous style. But really, upon hearing this album, it’s no longer what we want anymore.

 

Jack Whatley

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