Equal parts volume and emotion, The Twilight Sad’s work to date has been raw and uncompromising.
No less visceral than previous collections, fourth LP ‘Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave’ nevertheless finds the Kilsyth group gracefully retreating into slightly softer climes. And it’s an enthralling return.
Each note feels intensely fought over, with ‘Last January’ (audio below) and ‘In Nowheres’ quite exacting in their approach to winter’s chill. Lyrically honest to a fault, the way James Graham etches out his melancholia on ‘It Was Never The Same’ has a restrained violence, all the more affecting for its understated execution.
A marvellous new set, then, that only develops its makers’ already enviable reputation.
Words: Robin Murray
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