LP | 2017 | US | Original (Saddle Creek)
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Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
For Twinsmith, the occasion to make a third album came with an opportunity to distilltheir process down to its essential parts, and to re-focus the band's perspective in orderto fully embrace their sound. Longtime friends Jordan Smith and Matt Regner hadwritten a pair of records as Twinsmith, starting with 2013's self-titled debut and then2015's Alligator Years - which earned press attention from outlets including NPRMusic's All Songs Considered, Interview, NYLON ('Band Crush'), and Culture Collide,among others. While the lineup would grow to include bassist Bill Sharp and other hiredguns to round out the stage, the songwriting core learned to vary their approach whilerelying on each other to push the plot forward. Starting as DIY tinkerers in a basement,Smith and Regner would evolve their sound from hazy surf rock to a fuller, moredynamic guitar-and-keys pop appeal, making good use of the perks like recording studiosand engineers that often come with progress. But as it came time to begin again for anew album, they found themselves looking back to the beginning, stripping back theirprocess and recording in the dining room of their house using old synths and 0s drummachines. Produced by friend and Omaha neighbor Graham Ulicny (Reptar, The Faint),this limitation on personnel would remain the only thing strict during the process. Byremoving distractions and relying on their own prowess, as well as pealing back thesound to create shorter, more direct songs, Twinsmith found that this laid backapproach allowed them to focus on the same goals and to create something entirely forthemselves. "The main goal was to make something a bit more personal to us," Smithsays. "The last album was kind of in-your-face pop music and that's why we made this soshort and sweet; we wanted listeners to hear the small, distinct sounds we wereworking on. Because there were only a few people involved, we could make ourdecisions more directly. We wanted to make something we could use to relate to abigger mass and bring people back." Stripping the words, the music, and the playersdown to their raw parts, Twinsmith have created a work of confident determination.Melodies soar and rhythms sway, the beats pulse with a laid back but urgent immediacy,and the simplicity of it all stitches the songs together in its mysterious way. From thesimple three-color design of the cover to the process that created the soundsunderneath, Stay Cool rewards with its ability to connect.