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Twisted Pine "Dreams" EP Release [Signature Sounds Recordings, June 8]
On June 8, discover Dreams, the new EP from Twisted Pine. Praised by NPR for their
“upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos” and “tight harmonies,”
the acoustic quartet deftly reimagines seven pop, rock, and disco favorites. Twisted Pine
wrote every song on their acclaimed, self-titled 2017 debut album. Now, after their
mashup of Vulfpeck and father-of-bluegrass Bill Monroe went viral, they’ve turned to Sam
Kassirer of Great North Sound Society (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Elephant Revival) to
record inspired interpretations of Blondie, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and others.
The Cranberries’ late Dolores O’Riordan was a major influence on bandmates Kathleen
Parks (fiddle) and Rachel Sumner (guitar), who weave a sweet and spooky harmony on
O’Riordan’s 1993 hit “Dreams.” Sumner revs things up with Joni Mitchell’s “Raised on
Robbery,” an unforgettable cruiser sped along by the airtight rhythm section of Dan Bui
(mandolin) and Chris Sartori (bass). The two singers blend cool seduction and high
wattage on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and Scissor Sisters’ “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”
which, in spite of its name, makes you feel like doing nothing else.
Instrumentally, the group shines on “Funky Kentucky,” a surprising, swinging reinvention
of Monroe’s “Kentucky Waltz.” Parks doesn’t so much bend the lyrics as sculpt them,
while she, Bui, and Sartori dig deep into the groove bag for a dexterous and soulful string
interlude. Vulfpeck’s “El Chepe” and an elegantly far-out “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
complete the fun and free-spirited offering.
Though steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful
improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Each member impresses on their own, but the
ensemble playing and arrangements, incorporating tasteful hints of percussion and
keyboards, create a sound that is more than the sum of its parts. Even when Twisted Pine
plays the music of legends, what you hear most of all is their singular voice.
Dreams is a proud production of Signature Sounds Recordings. Be sure to see Twisted
Pine on tour throughout the spring and summer of 2018, bringing what one critic has
called a “charming as hell” live show to stages from Maine to Texas.
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