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The Twilight Sad

BBC Introducing

Live at T in the Park 2009

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Formed in late 2003, The Twilight Sad comprises James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane, (guitar/accordion/noise), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums). The band began by playing some half-hour pieces of music utilising tape loops, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos, computer games and various other ephemera at Glasgow's 13th Note. They subsequently withdrew to the studio to refine their sound into something slightly more traditional, rejecting live show offers and morphing into an adventurous and emotive outfit.

Their debut album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, recalled white-noise era Creation Records and drew from fellow Scots Arab Strap and Mogwai. Augmented by piano and accordion, the songs have a dramatic swoon, the band purveying an awestruck, ragged sentimentality in which deceptively simple songs are rendered magnificent and transcendent. But where the band's studio sound is intricately layered with delicate melodies, their live sound is a more intense 'wall of noise' experience.

With a new album already in the can and a tour with Mogwai lined-up, 2009 is looking like another busy year for The Twilight Sad.

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