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Twin Library

The Heavy Drag (Independent)

Review By Daniel da Silva


Twin Library
Twin Library

As the summer rolls in, the lazy freedom begs for an appropriately hazy soundtrack. Twin Library’s newest release, The Heavy Drag, fits the bill, beach-themed cover art and all. The Edmonton band’s effects-laden sound combines the raw textures of garage rock with nostalgic psychedelia. Although straightforward acoustic guitars and breathy, harmonized vocals drive the music, the songs are interspersed with simply effective percussion, surf-rock guitar solos on “There’s Nothing Out There,” and Velvet Underground-esque, blood-curdling feedback on “Dark Maps.” The band also makes tasteful use of sampling, best demonstrated in the space-age radio conversations of album closer “When I Was So High.” The tracks themselves are short and sweet, like fleeting summer moments (the album itself clocks in at just over 15 minutes). The Heavy Drag is available on Twin Library’s Bandcamp page, and makes for a quick but rewarding download that begs to be replayed once the spring rain finally recedes.