Cosmopolitan Downtempo. Chill wave Duo Lunar Twin travel thru the minds eye to exotic expanse on their new record Night Tides – Big Takeover Magazine
Pulses of chill wave, ethereal dream pop, and psychedelia, faint elements of gothic and hip hop, hypnotic vocals and vintage synths, classic and modern sounds – Primal Music Blog
Brilliant lyrics with an affected tone fitting snugly between Nick Cave and Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples with a little of Matt Berninger of The National – Sound and Vision
This combination of smooth as silk vocals and perfectly crafted soundscapes has made Lunar Twin one of my favorite bands – Echosynthetic
After much excitement following the release of their single ‘Waves’, Lunar Twin have now released their new ‘Night Tides’ EP through iconic Texas-based dream pop-shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records. This release is sure to appeal to fans of Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, David Sylvian, and Massive Attack.
This is the band’s third significant release, following their debut ‘Lunar Twin EP’ (2014) on Lunar Industry Records, the duo’s own imprint, and‘Champagne Remixes’ (2015) through German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Records.
The EP literally flows from beginning to end, taking listeners on a journey through lush downtempo, synth and chill wave, and ultimately to the ocean at night. Tracks ‘Waves’, ‘Coral Sea’ and ‘Blood Moon’ seamlessly blend indie electronica and tropical noir, while synth and chill-wave are at their best on ‘Prayers of Smoke’, ‘Birds of Paradise’, and ‘Night Tides’.
A few years after a chance meeting at the Denver Underground Music festival, Bryce Boudreau and Chris Murphy started working under the Lunar Twin moniker in 2013. They derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon. Inspired by space and time, as well as nature and culture.
Boudreau, vocalist and songwriter and also a Los Angeles native, currently resides in Hawaii, while multi-instrumentalist producer Chris Murphy lives in Salt Lake City. In recent years, he has shared the stage with numerous renowned artists, such as Grimes, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Peaches, through other projects he’s involved with.
“We both live thousands of miles apart separated by the Pacific Ocean and miles of mountains and desert. These totally different places of isolation are the nexus of our songwriting”, states Chris Murphy from his home in downtown Salt Lake. “The ocean plays a big part in this album. The ebb and flow of the tide and the effect the moon has on it.”
“For this EP, we wanted to channel the spirit of the primordial world and a lost island in the equatorial night feeling. The dense warm air smelling of flowers beneath a canopy of banyan trees,” says Bryce Boudreau. “’Waves’ is about drifting between two worlds – the primaeval and the technological, and between Earth and Water spirits.”
‘Night Tides’ is available on limited edition lathe-cut vinyl via Lunar Industry Records, the duo’s own imprint. The vinyl is up now via Bandcamp, where the album is also available digitally. Already a very limited run of cassettes is available through Moon Sounds Records.
Cover art by and photo credit: Sarah Rae Higgins and Justin Miyamoto