A limited but mostly satisfying second LP…
2:54 - The Other I

The Thurlow sisters of 2:54, Hannah and Colette, have come a long way in a short space of time. Just a few months after putting some demos online, the pair found themselves touring partners of Warpaint. A self-titled debut followed in 2012. And now here we are again.

‘The Other I’ follows a similar formula to that record. It’s grandiose and melodramatic in places, ethereal and windswept in others. There are clear echoes of The Cure, Tori Amos, Smashing Pumpkins and other gloomy ’80s and ’90s types. Is it goth? Sure, but there’s enough post-punk grit and shoegazey drift to save it from going down the full flouncy-pirate-shirt-and-DMs-route.

‘Orion’ is a bold and sweeping opener, riding in on a shimmering drone and thunderous drums. There’s a simmering tension to it that continues throughout most of the record. It’s pretty and evocative, especially on the tumultuous ‘In The Mirror’. But, ironically, ‘The Other I’ is at its best when the band tries something different. ‘The Monaco’ ditches the pomp for relaxed indie-pop. ‘Raptor’, meanwhile, closes the album out with some propulsive bass and drum fury.

It’d be interesting to hear what this band comes up with if they stepped away from a doomy signature sound, but right now this is an assured album and a satisfying follow-up.

6/10

Words: Will Salmon

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