Evolution, not necessarily adaptation, is here conveying the band's humanistic strength, positivity and vitality. And that's something we all need desperately in 2020.
The contrasts between Channy Leaneagh's ethereal hyper-pop vocals and sardonic lyrics steeped in cryptic metaphor are exquisite - an aural to-and-fro that seems to epitomise the whole process of realising one's vulnerability.
Yet the tenacious, rhythmic loops of the band’s oft-colourful electronic rock sporadically cradle us from being swallowed into a total funk, instead lifting us up into the funk.
These are capital B.I.G. anthems, which effortlessly meld disarming post-industrial clamour and tweaked vocal loops into the fold of more familiar white-label grooves.
Addressing their origins in a way that’s uplifting, nostalgic, and sort of overdue, Tegan and Sara are remedying what’s made you feel “messed up and blue”.
When it peaks, though, it’s clear to see why there’s so much buzz surrounding the artist...Because let’s be honest, she’s royalty-tier now.
2019 and !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are still going strong with their eighth studio album Wallop, now undeniably proving the longevity of genre-busting big beats and that “na’s” never go out of style.
When Saint Sinner – aka Hannah Cottrell – crops up, things start to get interesting. Her delicate, drifting vocals aren’t an overbearing presence amidst the heady swirls of Tycho’s instrumentals...
Their eighth album comfortably meets and exceeds the breadth of their past decade’s aural sublimity.
If the eighteen-second and aptly titled ‘Mean’ makes you to question what this noise is yet draws you to listen further, you’re perhaps on the right track.
If you regard second-wave emo as a genre that set the (music) world on fire, then LP3 seems to acutely trace the path of its fading embers with serene, stylistic beauty.
Following on from 2015's Death Magic, Vol. 4 still packs a fair punch, but once more redraws the lines of what to expect from this atypical heavy band in 2019.
The material is claustrophobic – it's The Twilight Sad after all – yet a few moments of hope can distilled for those with the disposition to search through the darkness.
Ultimately, Premonitions implores you to be happy, loved, and to pay it back in like kindnesses – and is that so much to ask?