Twin Sister, Color Your Life
There's an attractive madness to their sadness
There's a haze that floats over Twin Sister's second EP, Color Your Life. It's almost indescribably melancholy, so wise and lived-in you may be surprised that this Brooklyn by way of Long Island quintet is just barely into their twenties. But they are, and they are already mastering a gorgeous kind of dream pop, though this isn't like any of the lo-fi shitgaze hypnagogic slop that dominated much of the conversation in 2010. Twin Sister are aiming for something more demure, and maybe a little richer. Lead singer Andrea Estella sounds like a cross between a soft Kate Bush and a hard Laetitia Sadier, and her songs, especially the mid-album twin killing "Milk & Honey" and "All Around and Away We Go" flirt with propulsion and impermanence. Sometimes her voice is pressed up in the mix, other times it wallows below the surface, a whisper to a moan and back again. It's early yet for Twin Sister, but there's an attractive madness to their sadness.