As this is my first post in the brave new world of broadband, CTW has pulled out all the stops to bring you the very latest, most up-to-date, cutting edge release available on the internet today.
Here's something that was released into the wild in 1999 on Comfort Stand netlabel, which in internet years makes Soda Fountain by Twizzle older than the Big Bang. If you like free internet music then you've probably heard this charming four-track EP before, but I'm new to it and this is my blog so yah-boo sucks to you. If one person discovers and likes Soda Fountain after this then my work here is done.
*sticks hands on hips, Superman fashion*
Your first sip from the fountain will be a mouthful of Falling, an ethereal trip-hop tune whose haunting vocal is enhanced by studio trickery. Next up is a visit to Black Elk Mountain for an apparently innocent jaunt through David Lynch country where oscillating guitar chords bump into swooping strings, low chuckles and a vocal that does that stretched-vocal thing that worked so well in Fatboy Slim's Praise You.
This Is No Chanson could be sued by Magritte fans; it may not be a pipe but it's certainly a song. It's another sickly-sweet confection with a taste of sitar, a hint of clarinet and a topping of dreamy vocal. Having come to the end of the EP, Twizzle invites us to rest easy at a speakeasy for a late-night drop of bluegrass/jazz with accompanying bass and honky-tonk piano; Barefoot Girl/Pebble Road is a care-free love song that might be hiding a black heart behind the blood-red lipstick. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I give you:
"He's as sweet as lemonade drunken through a straw. I'm his little barefoot girl and we are joined by law."
Four things to note: the production is impeccable, the song-writing is accomplished and the vocals are enchanting in a squirm-in-your-seat fashion. That's three. The fourth thing to remember is that this is a Little Red Riding Hood of an album - there's something dark and disturbing going on here. Oh yes, CTW notices these things.
If you're hungry for more of this excellent
two-piece band duo, visit the Twizzle website where, as luck would have it, they have a new album that you might like to buy. (Who says CTW isn't at the cutting edge?) Here's hoping the release-free-music-and-hope-to-build-a-fanbase method of sustaining a career works for them. Soda Fountain is very persuasive.