Twins Sport's 'Acquiescence' Is A Masterclass in Dreamy Shoegaze with Grit

Melbourne's Twins Sport has finally unleashed their highly anticipated debut album, 'Acquiescence,' after a tantalizing series of singles over the past two years. The result is a masterclass in blending shoegaze, garage, and alternative influences, solidifying their place as a band to watch.

Across eight thoughtfully crafted tracks, Twins Sport traverses the sonic landscape with finesse. Lush shoegaze atmospheres, reminiscent of Galaxie 500 and Slowdive, are juxtaposed with the raw energy of 80s and 90s alternative, echoing the likes of The Peep Tempel. Dream pop melodies add a cheerful accessibility, creating a unique sound that is both ethereal and grounded.

The project, spearheaded by Josh Dawes, began as a solo endeavor during the pandemic lockdowns. "In my early 20s I played in local shoegaze band Flyying Colours and missed playing dreamy shoegaze and wanted to put my own spin on it," Josh explains. "I’ve always liked things a little rough around the edges and punkier in design.”

Though a solo project at its core, 'Acquiescence' is a testament to collaboration. Gemma O'Connor's contributions on vocals, arrangements, and songwriting are undeniable, elevating the project to new heights. The album, recorded at Jala Records and mastered by Leon Zervos at 301 Studios, showcases a polished yet raw sound that is sure to resonate with fans of various genres.

Lyrically, the album delves into personal experiences, from relationship breakdowns to reflections on youth and family. "The collection of songs takes snap shots from breakdowns in relationships, watching the news of open burials in NYC, having time to reminisce on youth, family and project my story so far," Josh reveals.

With their debut album, Twins Sport has delivered a sonic journey that is both nostalgic and fresh. 'Acquiescence' is a testament to their talent and a promising glimpse into what the future holds for this exciting band.

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