Friday, March 09, 2012

Album Review: Summer Twins

Title:  Summer Twins (BandCamp, iTunes, AllMusic)
Artist:  Summer Twins (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BandCamp, AllMusic)

Summer Twins is an indie pop band from Riverside, CA started by sisters Chelsea and Justine Brown on guitar and drums respectfully.  The band is rounded out by Marcio Rivera on guitar and Danny Delgado on bass and together they have created a dreamy sound that drips of California summers of years gone by.

The band’s self-titled record opens with a very ‘60s styled vocal harmony on “Got Somebody to Dream About” (think The Mama’s & the Papa’s) setting the stage for the album.  These songs are all flashbacks to the surf-driven pop of the early 1960s and would sound perfectly at home played next to the likes of The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Buddy Holly, and the aforementioned Mama’s & the Papa’s.  While at the same time there is a definite modern indie rock vibe here that mixes perfectly with the likes of the Vivian Girls, that dog, and The Pipettes. 

Overall Summer Twins is a very enjoyable record.  The vocals have an excellent breathy quality to them (kind of like OK SWEATHERT or to some extent like She & Him, but thankfully they aren’t annoying like Zooey Deschanel’s).  This record is great for fans of classic ‘60s era surf and pop as well as fans of female fronted indie pop (I could also see fans of The Smiths really digging Summer Twins). 

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