It’s difficult to believe that electro-poppers Hook & The Twin is a two-piece, possessing as they do the sound of a much bigger outfit.
The London duo’s ability to appear this way is a testament to the musical prowess of multi-instrumentalist frontman Tom Havelock. Percussionist Marcus Efstratiou also lends his vocals to the impressive wall of sound. Live, the pair delivers these complex arrangements with the clever use of loop pedals, keeping pre-recorded samples to a minimum.
Synths and guitars arrive soaked in effects, evocative of the work of Can or Neu!. The vocals, conversely, sound organic and recall the classic pop sound of David Byrne. The band’s experimental side stands out the most when the vocals take a backseat.
When the vocals do take command, Hook & The Twin’s exceptional ability to provide catchy motifs is revealed.‘That Was A Day’ and ‘We’re So Light' are shining examples, best played loud.
This is an accomplished and memorable debut by a band whose wait to release an album until they were ready – they formed in 2008 – has paid off.
Words: Cai Trefor
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