Wave of My Emotion – Twin Steps

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Over the past decade, bands like the Black Lips, Nobunny and The Fresh & Onlys have open the floodgates for a number of psychedelic garage groups. A number of really groups, most notably FIDLAR (check out our interview with them HERE), have proven that the sloppier and more ambient and clustered, the better. Twin Steps, an Oakland four piece, takes this to a heightened level. Their usage of crinkled samples, disjointed harmonies, intertwining guitar parts and minimalist atmosphere provides a loose air perfectly embodies this sloppy rapture. Where they differ from the rest of this scene is in their song writing. While most groups took aesthetic cues from Phil Spector, Twin Steps seem deeply influenced by the descending soul-ridden melodies that were typical of songs he produced. The opener of “Serial Parade,” released this past April, Wave of My Emotion, is their strongest piece. The opening guitar line sets a danceable tempo, and the swung drums set a mellow tone. It’s a fun song by a band that seems to be pushing a genre that was on the verge of becoming hackneyed and lifeless in an exciting new direction.

Wave of My Emotion – Twin Steps

Don’t Touch Me – DQE

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On first listening, “Don’t Touch Me” is fundamentally reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney. From its snaking yet rhythmic guitars, to the vocals that are somehow both tribal and vulnerable without seeming insincere, it feels like something off of Dig Me Out. But DQU, short for Dairy Queen Empire, predate Sleater-Kinney by eight years and this song predates them by a few months. The song’s intro is surprisingly reminiscent, in a backwards way, of bands like Beach Fossils and Real Estate, but as the song builds and subsequently gets more aggressive, it develops a sort of unrestrained quality that doesn’t feel at all short of being meticulously planned out.

Don’t Touch Me – DQE