The Twilight Sad are a Scottish trio comprised of James Graham (vocals), Andy McFarlane (guitar) and Mark Devine (drums) are both critical darlings and something of an indie rock cult favorite band, who haven’t seen the commercial success of some of their countrymen including, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and others. But despite the lack of commercial success, the Scottish trio have recorded seven albums, in which they’ve attempted to tackle new sounds and new writing approaches in their recorded and live sound – they’ve experimented with noise and feedback, a sparse, synth-based sound, a completely stripped down sound with keyboards, drum machine and guitar, playing with orchestration and just acoustic instrumentation and vocals.
And on their forthcoming effort, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, which is slated for an October 28 release, the member of the Twilight Sad attempting to capture all of those elements and synthesize them on the new album. The first single off the album, “There’s A Girl In The Corner” manages to adept synthesize the sounds of their previous effort in a way that evokes the brooding Romanticism of New Order and Pet Shop Boys.
Interestingly, every time I’ve heard this song i’ve been struck by its cinematic quality – in some way, it sounds as though it should be part of the soundtrack of a serious romantic drama or a serious leaning rom-com. Somehow, I can see the main couple of the movie breaking up with this song in the background.