Lunar Twin is a dreamwave band with roots in shoegaze and gothic. Their musical influences range from psychedelic and new wave to current electronic music. The band members are Christopher Murphy (production/music) and Bryce Boudreau (vocals/co-production). They formed Lunar Twin in October 2013, and derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon.
What is remarkable is that the two band members record the music and vocals separately, on locations far apart. Bryce lives in Hawaii and Christopher in Salt Lake City. “We both live thousands miles apart separated by the pacific ocean of miles of mountains and desert. These totally different places of isolation are the nexus of our songwriting”, states Chris.
Three years ago they debuted with their “Lunar Twin” EP, which gained a lot of attention, and expectations have been high since. And the duo doesn’t disappoint! They deliver an extraordinary EP which has their trademark sound: mysterious, ethereal, cinematic and slightly dark.
The songs on the EP fit together and suit the title ‘Night Tides’. The first song and single “Waves” is amazing! The song has a chilled-out summer vibe with calm tropical percussion. Despite the extravert ‘beach’ sound, the lyrics are quite reflective and Boudreau’s deep comforting voice makes this an inward journey as well. Soothing and challenging.
“Blood Moon” starts very surprising with the electronic sounds and effects. Very refreshing and daring. Boudreau’s vocals have a great tone for story-telling. The classical strings are a subtle addition at the end, indicating a dramatic ending. “Coral Sea” has a wonderful deep epic sound from which you can’t escape. Fortunately Boudreau’s voice is soothing and calming. It’s great to also hear an uptempo song like “Bird Of Paradise”, very hypnotic and dreamlike.
The next song “Prayers Of Smoke” is one hell of a trip! Amazing how the song balances between a slow tempo (the drums and vocals) and high tempo (the synths and effects). Thanks to the vocals this is a great song for a film noir soundtrack. “Night Tides” is the perfect last song, still mysterious, but somehow also a little euphoric. It makes us feel very melancholic, mostly because it sounds like an ending to a beautiful journey.
The EP is released on Moonsound Records and you can buy it on Bandcamp. It’s available on 10″ vinyl (limited to 50), cassette (limited to 100) and as a digital album.