Twin Peaks - Lookout Low LP
Grand Jury Records
Chicago’s Twin Peaks have gleefully embraced change ever since their 2010 formation to become the city’s most essential rock band. With their fourth album Lookout Low, the sonic and creative leap the five-piece takes feels like a total revolution in their youthful and rambunctious sound. The 10-track effort was recorded and cut totally live over three weeks in Wales with legendary producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, U2). Thanks to the band’s dedicated approach to rehearsing and demoing out their material before hitting the studio, the songs burst with life and the undeniable magic of their live show. Armed with four excellent and collaborative songwriters, each member upped their game. Guitarist Cadien Lake James’ mind-bending opener “Casey’s Groove” is expansive and reassuring, bassist Jack Dolan’s “Unfamiliar Sun” is patient and affecting, guitarist Clay Frankel translates heartache into catharsis on the title track, while multi-instrumentalist Colin Croom reaches new performing heights on “Ferry Song.” Lookout Low proves that Twin Peaks is less a band and more a brotherhood, one that’s endured for almost a decade.