The Twilight Sad don’t really do traditional narrative; instead, singer James Graham will drop lines like ‘we were there with our ears to ground, ‘cos he was right behind you’ in his Scottish brogue as the music works on your subconscious, evoking an almost palpable sense of dread and alienation. While you may never know exactly what events are being played out over the course of a Twilight Sad song, you can be sure that they’re not good.
This EP is split in two with ‘The Wrong Car’ and ‘Throw Yourself In The Water Again’, two songs originating from the sessions for the previous album, ‘Forget The Night Ahead’, followed by remixes of songs from that album by Mogwai and Errors. The originals, somewhat predictably, work better than the remixes. The title track in particular (the video for which can be seen below) benefits from repeated listens, building a mood of yearning and desperation over the course of its 7 minutes.
While the Mogwai remix of ‘The Room’ works with the strengths of the album version and does something different with it, actually sounding like they might have listened to it before deciding to remix it, the Errors remix of ‘Reflections on the Television’ is less successful. While the original was an exercise in claustrophobia and unresolved tensions, this version, for the most part, sounds as though it could easily be a remix of any other song by any other band.
While comparisons can and have been made with acts like My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai and Interpol, the Twilight Sad have, over the years, crafted their own gloomy little niche where the sun never shines and nothing good ever happens. While their world may not be a fun place to live, it’s certainly a fascinating place to visit.
‘The Wrong Car’ will be available on 12″ and download from 27th September 2010 on Fatcat Records.