The Twin Atlas – Bring Along the Weather

The Twin Atlas
Bring Along the Weather

As a regular drummer in Philadelphian outfits like Mazarin, Matt Pond PA, and Lenola, Sean Byrne certainly isn’t averse to blurring the borders of experimental rock by squeezing immaculate pop melodies into complex musical constructs. That makes him all the more qualified to forge similar paths with his own solo project – The Twin Atlas.
On this third Twin Atlas album, we find Byrne (with occasional collaborator Luke Zaleski) bridging the gap between pre-rock Appalachian folk and the post-psychedelic pop of The Flaming Lips, as well as pushing back the boundaries of home recording. The true magic of Bring Along the Weather lies with Byrne’s ability to make it all seem so effortlessly lush and airy, even though he must have spent hours, weeks, and months looping/overdubbing/mixing himself senseless somewhere in the corner of a cramped apartment.
There’s a full platter of pastoral folk to tuck into just for starters, from plaintive picking (“Sun Touches Down”) to mandolin-soaked bliss-outs (“Save the Ransom”). In-between times the delicious post-shoegaze glide of “Beautiful Surprise” illustrates that My Bloody Valentine-fever is still running high amongst die-hard Kevin Shields devotees. Elsewhere on the menu we find the delightful drum machine-led “Static to Crystal” making a respectful salute to Yo La Tengo’s latter-day retro-futurism, whilst the joyous jangling “Show Me All” is a radiant Byrds tribute with a contemporary twist.
Bring Along the Weather cohesively condenses everything that binds together the sweet sounds of Philadelphia’s underground pop neighbourhood into fourteen tasty chunks. This year’s perfect thawing-cure for weary winter blues.