"..splices motivational melodies and despair, creating a sublime mindscape for the listener." - Beatroute
"...feels like the kind of music a Torontonian might play—or listen to—if they suddenly slowed down." - Grayowl Point
..."very modern sounding, skipping over the complete ‘80s fetishization that many other modern dream pop bands rely on, and instead mixing those flavors with something very new..." -Bank Robber Music
(Toronto, ON) - Toronto-based dream pop duo Twin Rains' debut album Automatic Hand won't be released until this Friday, November 18th, but you can listen to the exclusive album premiere now via Spill Magazine. The duo just wrapped up the western portion of their tour last week, which included a packed release show in Vancouver, and are now heading back home for shows in Guelph, Toronto and Peterborough. See below for full tour listings.
Twin Rains is Jay Merrow and Christine Stoesser. The pair met as roommates in 2009 and within weeks were making music together. Their debut album, Automatic Hand, is full of slow to mid-tempo grooves (or 'west coast dance music', as they like to call it), ethereal soundscapes and penetrating poetry. Automatic Hand is about love, but more essentially it's a reflection on the idea that sometimes our hands act faster than our brains and hearts, especially with today's communication technology. Recorded almost entirely by Jay, a self-taught engineer and producer, and produced by Twin Rains, Automatic Hand is the spellbinding result of the duo’s longstanding musical collaboration amidst years of change and introspection.
Automatic Hand isn't even out yet and things are already off to a good start for Twin Rains. After releasing their first single 'Flash Burn' in October, they were added to Rough Trade's publishing roster and the early reviews for Automatic Hand have been nothing short of glowing.
"We're excited by the reception of the album so far," says Christine. "We took our time making Automatic Hand and it was a bit of an insular process, so it's such a relief to see people connecting with the music. It feels really great to finally release it and let everyone hear what we've been working on!"
Twin Rains' debut album Automatic Hand will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers/streaming services on Friday, November 18th. For more info and the most up to date tour listings, please visit: www.twinrains.com
TWIN RAINS // UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
November 23 - Guelph, ON - DSTRCT Lounge
November 25 - Toronto, ON - ROM (Friday Night Live)
November 26 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet
TWIN RAINS - AUTOMATIC HAND TRACK LISTING
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 18th, 2016 (Independent)
2. A Swim
4. Flash Burn
5. Ghost Bird
6. Automatic Hand
9. Break The Crown
10. Green Screen