That Summer At Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy
by The Twilight Sad on FatCat RecordsReleased 12/03/2007
12th March 2007 saw the release of The Twilight Sad's debut 7”, ‘That Summer, At Home I had Become The Invisible Boy’. Following their critically acclaimed US-only 2006 EP, it also precedes the bands forthcoming album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’, from which it is taken. Epic in scope and equally as intense, the band are inspired by a diverse range of music from Van Dyke Parks to Phil Spector, Daniel Johnston, and beyond, although the band are as influenced by their immediate geography (‘the sticks just outside Glasgow’), as they are any particular musical reference points. Recorded at Chem 19 and Ca Va studios, Glasgow, and mixed and produced by the band and Peter Katis (Interpol, Mercury Rev, Mice Parade) in Tarquin Studios, Connecticut, 'Fourteen Autumns...' is nevertheless liable to evoke a more familiar indie canon, from white-noise era Creation Records, to fellow Scots Arab Strap or Mogwai.
‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy’ is an unlikely paean to disaffected youth, as universal as it is deeply personal.
The second track here, ‘Watching That Chair Painted Yellow’ is exclusive to this release. Bleached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, at times tumultuous rhythm section, forever poised between tension and release. The Twilight Sad purvey an awestruck, ragged sentimentality. Lyrically suggestive and metaphorical, their songs give glimpses of bitter, quixotic experience and romantic failure, their songs at times verging on the anthemic or celebrative, yet firmly rooted in the familiar, often unsaid hurt behind day to day events.
The Twilight Sad comprises James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane, (guitar/accordion/noise), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums). Forming in late 2003, the band played a couple of early shows at Glasgow's 13th Note, before withdrawing to the studio to refine their sound, the band undergoing a gradual metamorphosis into a more traditional, but still sonically adventurous outfit, with a more overt inclination towards emotive songwriting.