Soft Riot remixes Window Twins in The Fader!
Window Twins reviewed by Consequence of Sound!
“The folky songwriting element and the haze of psychedelic effects are all mashed up into one glorious, groovy mess that blurs and happily obliterates musical lines…”
Tiny Mix Tapes reviews new Window Twins album!
The festival will take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in December; I’ll have more info closer to the screening. But seeing as it’s so close to home, I might actually be able to make it to this one.
If you can’t wait till then, or can’t make it, you can still purchase the limited edition Transmission cassette and get instant access to the film!
» The work of Tim Cohen and Jon Bernson for their primary musical outlets (The Fresh & Onlys and Exray’s, respectively) demonstrates each musicians’ knack for pop clarity and realized song-structure. To arrive there, Cohen gravitates towards rock instrumentation while Bernson employs synthesized sounds. Their collaboration as Window Twins finds the duo drawing from both schools of performance, only saturating the instrumentation in dense, lo-fidelity production that makes it difficult to differentiate. The emphasis on Wish is clearly creating a cohesive mood. While structures are intact and melodies are present, albeit obscured, Cohen and Bernson aspire towards an ambiance of down-trodden psychedelia. Each performer has a known affinity for the home recording process, but Window Twins allows them to spotlight their manipulation of that process as brightly as any instrument. In Cohen’s case, such experimentalism isn’t constructive for the current, refined approach of The Fresh & Onlys. Here, he is liberated to fulfill his most experimental recording proclivities.
Live drums, programmed beats, Wurlitzer organ, guitar, horns and synthesizers operate together as different aspects of one texture. The most impressive aspect of the instrumentation is two-fold. It cultivates a texture that defies our expectations of electronic beats with warm recording. Conversely, it engages listeners by alternating unexpectedly into a live drum solo introduction for “Wine into Winter,” or a staccato brass section harmony on “Different Light” without warning.
For “Thunder and Lightning,” as the title might imply with its seemingly telling nod to vintage dub, meandering bass lines and intermittent horns are underpinned by a reggae beat that devolves into dark dub for an arresting bridge. “Others” is the album’s most energetic track and effective use of its unusual instrumentation. It begins with a surprisingly straight-forward electric guitar lead before a galloping snare beat abruptly appears. Organ, piano, peripheral tambourine and an eerie Theremin congeal beneath a repetitive chant about being mindful to “others in the world.”
While the vocals are as heavily soaked as the music, the emotive skill of each singer permeates the mix. While there is plenty of fodder for discussion in the cyclical grooves, eclectic instrumentation and murky production; the strongest moments ofWish aren’t contingent on the instruments or studio trickery, but rather the inventiveness of the singing. The production is consistently pleasant, but with the vocals removed it might become soporific. Luckily, both vocal performances are assertively mixed. Particularly on “Two Left Feet,” Cohen and Bernson slide along a sinuous synth line directly into listener’s skulls where they coo together in a hushed ritual. Skillfully harmonizing and interacting with one another’s voices, they also heed the conversational and narrative nature of the lyrics with tactful vocal delivery. The result is the Wish’s absolute highlight.
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HAPPY RELEASE DAY 10/16/12!
Window Twins – the side project of two of SF’s most prolific musicians, Jon Bernson of Exray’s and Ray’s Vast Basement and Tim Cohen of The Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick – is back with not one, but two new videos from their forthcoming full-length Wish. Following their June release of a video for album cut “Thunder and Lightning”, the duo returns with visual accompaniments for “Two Left Feet” and “The Sky Is Black”.
Interview Magazine premieres new Window Twins video and Interview!
While Tim Cohen is probably best known for fronting The Fresh & Onlys, and Jon Bernson for the experimental pop trio Exray’s, Wish mixes lo-fi electronics with psychedelic folk for something weirder and harder to pin down than either one. Below, you can check out our premiere of the infectious dark-pop track “The Sky Is Black,” along with its accompanying video from Fabien le Gourrierec, who assembled the clip from a short by Australian director Tracey Moffat called Nice Coloured Girls. Says le Gourrierec:
“Moffat is Aboriginal, and through this movie Moffatt shows aboriginal women as powerful and aware of their own subjugation. When I edited the video for Window Twins, I cut and kept the artsy form of the movie—the painting scenes, the contemplative strolling in the streets… I felt like they work perfectly with the song. There is no hidden message, just some perfect images for this particular voice and these swinging arrangements.”
Also below, check out Interview’s conversation with Bernson, who talked about how SF compares to NYC, how the scene has changed, and what it’s like working with Tim. As is inevitable with Bay Area-centric interviews, Mexican food becomes involved.
Lord Tang, aka Dominic Cramp has been messing with the Window Twins’ new single “Thunder and Lightning” by providing you with not just one, but two remixes: the “Blessed Be Remix” and the “Crushed Cloud Remix”. Prepare yourself as the collaborative brainchild of Jon Bernson and Tim Cohen gets taken further into altered zones through Tang’s usage of a loose dub foundation for his following sound carvings. We begin by dissecting “Blessed Be” which finds a structure like a phazed out analogue dub remix replete with horns and far off vocal samples that could be mistaken for muted horns.
Next is “Thunder and Lightning Lord Tang’s Crushed Cloud Remix”, and like the cloud reference alludes it is the spaciest of the two new mixes. Again horns play a part along with phazers, while the sound of strings and re-sequenced sample stems create the feeling like discovering a clandestine rocket silo. Look for the new Window Twins album Wish October 16 on cassette from Crash Symbols and vinyl from Volar Records.