Twin Canyon the record, by Twin Canyon the band, has been some five years in the making. The Vancouver-based musician Jeremy Appleton composed the record’s nine tracks but additional vocals were contributed by Etienne Tremblay, Bob Sumner, Jessica Leger and Debra-Jean Creelman. Additional instrumentation was provided by guitarist Cole Schmidt, drummer Ben Brown, bassist Jeremy Appleton, keyboardist Tyson Naylor and saxophonist Dominic Conway.
The Twin Canyons is a real place in Vancouver and it constantly rains there. With this in mind Appleton wanted the watery sounds of the landscape which lends its name to the band and the album. For this he enlisted Shawn Cole who mixed the album to take on this responsibility which he did to great effect, especially on the two instrumental tracks “Seymour” and “Lynn” which are the names of two of the canyons.
“Seymour,” which moves along with shimmery guitars and ambient noise loops, captures this mood perfectly and as it rushes along takes on a gritty and slightly techno feel to it. Likewise “Lynn” has that same dark and ambient flow to it though it hits on the grittier side and adds a few more blips than its predecessor, ending with a dark bubbling sound that almost makes it sound as though it were recorded underwater.
As for the songs with vocals there is still a darkness, a cold wetness, but there is a beauty in them thanks to their respective collaborators. “Collapsed Lung” has a groovy bass driven riff and some melodic, watery keys. The bright vocals provided by Etienne Tremblay and Bob Sumner give it even more of a catchy vibe, and the tambala type drum beats just keep drawing you further into the song’s mystic spell.
Likewise the darker sounding beauty of “Sinking Ships” with its slow strummed, almost haunting riffs and an equally creepy piano melody give a great substance to the song as Debra-Jean Creelman’s ethereal, slow paced and powerful vocals give the song its great fervor.
Twin Canyons is not a an album I’d suggest for listening to on a summer’s day or even a summer’s night. It is a record meant for those days when the wind is rattling the window panes, and the sky is blanketed in grey clouds and it seems like the rain will never end.
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