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Twin Peaks @ The Independent 

Wednesday, Jun 15 2016

In an age when irony and apathy are valuable musical currency, Twin Peaks' no-holds-barred sincerity is as surprising as it is disarming. They still behave like the goofy high school friends they were when the band formed, making faces in press photos and writing rock songs that shamelessly reveal their early exposure to (and continued affection for) The Rolling Stones. Their third and most recent album, Down In Heaven, is their most cohesive work to date, drawing inspiration from beer-fueled nights, breakups, and The Strokes in equal measure. But rather than mimicking Julian Casablancas' post-9/11 fatalism, frontman Cadien Lake James' lyrics reflect an unflinching, if cautious, optimism. How else do you explain the line, "I shook the thoughts of you from my head and in the shower started singing a tune" on the understated standout "Heavenly Showers?" With their straightforward, open-hearted garage rock, Twin Peaks might not fit in with our cynical modern world, but they're enjoying themselves far too much to care. The enthusiasm is contagious.


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