Strangers 7″ out March 5 on Polyvinyl Records
STREAM: “Dream State”
The Chicago-based electro-pop group Psychic Twin will embark on a US tour next week. The ten day jaunt will include a number of shows at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin. Stay tuned for the band’s full SXSW schedule.
Today the band also shares the B-side track “Dream State.” The song will be included on their upcoming Strangers 7″, which will be released digitally on March 5, and on limited-edition vinyl April 2. Listen to the track over at Stereogum.
About Psychic Twin:
Two and a half years ago, Erin Fein began to pen a series of songs that would become the music of Psychic Twin. These songs emerged as intensely personal, nervously rhythmic, and indebted to the ’80s new-wave of her youth. While recording by herself, doubling her vocals and singing ghostly counter-melodies, she was overcome with the surreal but persistent feeling that she was writing and recording with her twin. “In an ideal situation,” she says, “there would have been two of me singing and playing the music.”
Rather than a musical clone, Brett Sanderson provides a fluid backdrop, joining Fein’s new material with propulsive electronica and a shimmering synth-rock atmosphere. Lush synthesizer washes and incisive keyboard lines fade in and out over subtly persistent beats that begin simply, but reveal their complexity as songs take shape. The music is anchored by the bright melodicism inherent in Fein’s songwriting, as verses and choruses shift and expand over the course of a song. Psychic Twin makes pop music that is romantic and mysterious; infused with an ineffable longing for escape, for the unattainable, like the impossible desire to make music with one’s own double.
In the summer of 2012, drummer Jonny ‘Magic’ Sommer joined Psychic Twin.
3/07 Lafayette, IN – Foam City
3/08 Chicago, IL – Schubas %
3/09 Champaign, IL – Mike N Molly’s
3/10 Memphis, TN – Murphy’s
3/11 Fort Worth, TX – Live Oak $
3/12 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s $
3/13 Austin, TX – Valhalla $
3/14 Austin, TX – SXSW
3/15 Austin, TX – SXSW
3/16 Hot Springs, AR – VOV Festival ^
$ w/ Maserati
% w/ On An On
^ w/ Stagnant Pools, So Many Dynamos and more
Street Date: March 05, 2013
2. Dream State