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THE LEMON TWIGS Moon gets 8/10

The Lemon Twigs

4AD/Remote Control


The Lemon Twigs have been kicking around for a few years now and have made themselves one of the best knowingly retro bands to watch. Their sound is immediately recognisable yet hard to pinpoint, likely because it draws from a smorgasbord of 70s influences. The touchstone is power pop, but the Twigs throw large dollops of glam and art rock into the mix, as well as a sense of Broadway-style bombast. Their songs often play like mini-symphonies, throwing in various musical styles and sections within the confines of a pop-length number.

With latest singles The One and now Moon released, the Twigs look to be stripping down their sound and focusing on one genre at once. Thankfully they’ve always had a great ear for a tune, so this is no complaint.

Moon is a brilliant rock and roll number driven by harmonica and piano, sounding like the bastard offspring of David Bowie and Billy Joel. With its raucous, singalong chorus and harmonised vocals, this is a bombastic pop rock number that isn’t afraid to wear its cheesy heart on its sleeve.

This is a must if you’re a fan of any and all 70s rock. If this is anything to go by, their latest album Songs for the General Public (out August 21) should be a cult hit.


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