Twin Library’s newest album, They Were Marked as Targets, offers some cool, low-key, indie beats that are perfect for the change of seasons. A self-professed medley of garage folk and creaking pop, the Edmonton band uses an extraordinary amount of texture to make their music just right. From the first track, the listener is surrounded by a calming vortex of subtle-but-captivating whispers, strings, and other dynamics. Furthermore, the album also features an inner dialogue and historical recordings that showcase the immensity of layering and spin a web of connections between each the tracks in the album.
The album’s first track, “Range,” begins with the inner dialogue between a man and woman, and then offers one of the more edgy sides of the album that leaves the listener wanting more. The next track, “Terrance,” begins with recorded voices from the Apollo 11 landing, adding an even deeper layering and giving a sense of exploration and adventure as they examine the true meaning of the song’s layers. By the time “Heather Raceway” begins to play, the listener is fully entranced by the music. The rest of the tracks set a steady course to a conclusion with continued inner monologue in “There’s Always an End.” The idyllic lyrics wrap up the album like a book, and cause the listener to question how the time went by so fast.
All in all, Twin Library succeeds in creating a warming indie album that accompanies our descent into the coming winter. The immensity of texture and layering invites the listener to take things slow, and enjoy the little things in life. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this great album.