The Twilight Sad - Forget the Night Ahead (2009)



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The Twilight Sad Releasing Forget The Night Ahead On September 22 On FatCat.

Just wanted to check back on the new Twilight Sad CD, Forget The Night Ahead. The Twilight Sad will be touring this fall with Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks & BrakesBrakesBrakes. The members of The Twilight Sad (along with We Were Promised Jetpacks) are up for interviews and we plenty of press photos, promo CDs and guest list spots, so please let me know if you need anything at all

The Twilight Sad's much-anticipated follow-up to 2007's Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters is a dark and tumultuous listen. Produced by guitarist Andy McFarlane with Paul Savage (of Delgados) at Glasgow's famed Chem 19 studios, Forget The Night Ahead retains the guitar-washed drama of their previous effort, with an added complexity both sonic and thematic.

In lyrical terms, The Twilight Sad's Forget The Night Ahead is a darker set even than its acclaimed predecessor Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, with Graham's portentous knack for unsettling lines forcefully delivered in his Caledonian burr remaining very much on point. As Graham told The Skinny earlier this year: The lyrics are very dark, but you might have to look into them a bit to realize [that]. They are mainly based around things that have happened to me over the past two years, revolving mainly around losing people and being none too proud or happy with myself about my antics and situations I've found myself in.

Musically, the new record is no less compelling: MacFarlane's distinctive tremelo'd guitar creates seismic shifts between melancholic introspection and explosive release, the cacophony broadening to accommodate the band's most melodic and yet most thrillingly discordant moments to date.

Here the influence of artists like early 80's Cure, Neu!, Wire or even Shellac are just as prominent as longer-standing comparisons to MBV or Joy Division. Forget The Night Ahead also added players and instrumentation, from ex-Aerogramme member Dok (who also contributes guitar and keys to the live line-up), and My Latest Novel's Laura McFarlane (no relation to Andy) who plays violin on The Room and That Birthday Present.

The recording was approached differently this time, says MacFarlane. Writing on tour is a bad idea, so we stayed in Scotland for the full process. It let us go home after sessions - if we weren't getting snowed-in the studio - and we had more time to experiment and develop the ideas we had.

We'd make a lot of use of an old, half-working, Roland Space Echo that we'd plug the vocals, noise strings and piano through, that would get an out of tune effect, like some of the early krautrock recordings. All the reverbs are natural, which were done by mic'ing up inside the studio walls and rooms on the other side of the building to get the drum sound. Three bass heads were blown up [in the desk because of the amount that's on there.

Concludes MacFarlane, It is a step forward from the first record, the songwriting and the sound of the band has moved on from that time, which is something we'll always try and do we don't want to ever stand still and make records that sound like each other.


The Twilight Sad
Forget the Night Ahead
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1. Reflection of the Television
2. I Became a Prostitute
3. Seven Years of Letters
4. Made to Disappear
5. Scissors
6. That Room
7. That Birthday Present
8. Floorboards Under the Bed
9. Interrupted
10. The Neighbours Can't Breathe
11. At the Burnside

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Fat Cat
Scotland, United Kingdom
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