The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
Put simply: one of the finest Scottish albums in years.
This is what Mogwai have unleashed upon us, and we must be proud. Glasgow's post-rock pioneering has stretched at least as far as Kilsyth, where The Twilight Sad have taken the intoxicating nature of the quintet's whispering/screaming guitar recipe and added ingredients of their own.
With prominent (and local) vocals, and a theme to unite the songs-not-stretches, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is the kind of sprawling triumph that Hope of The States always seemed to be aiming at. It tells everyday tales of hormonal adolescent angst in incredibly epic terms: sonically, as loud as the roar of a tidal wave; feedback, distortion and noise, blare and relax, and blare again. Lyrically - "the kids are on fire in the bedroom," the key bawl from the key track, is a pretty grand way of describing parents' inattention to teenage torment.
With a duration 45 minutes, The Twilight Sad have wisely wrapped up their debut LP before the repeated quiet/loud blueprint becomes any kind of a boring labour, and in future days a certain lack of versatility might potentially pose a hindrance - but for right now, the outfit are fully deserving of praise in crafting one of the finest Scottish albums in years. [Ally Brown]