Sunday, 15 April 2018

Twink “Think Pink III” 2018 UK Psych Folk Rock


Twink “Think Pink III” 2018 UK Psych Folk Rock
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The third chapter on the “THINK PINK” saga! 
This time the psychedelic living legend TWINK (Tomorrow, Pretty Things, Pink Fairies, Stars, …) delights the audience with an electro-acoustic jewel: 9 songs on a limited edition of 500 pink vinyls plus hand-numbered exclusive poster….~

Twink is the toy piano-centered project of Boston-area keyboardist Mike Langlie. After playing keyboards in numerous goth and industrial rock bands (such as Vitriola), Langlie partially abandoned the world of synthesizers and began to make music on his accumulated collection of toy pianos. He was helped out by friends, such as Steven Cerio (illustrater for the Residents), Clayton Scoble of Francine, Rick Hansen of Plastic Nebraska, as well as members of the local goth scene. Twink, which combined Langlie’s toy pianos with synthesized drumbeats and a variety of novelty instruments, was issued by Dyspepsidisc in 2002, and came packaged with an illustrated storybook. ~ Jesse Jarnow ….~

In the decades that follow an artist’s introduction into the musical world, it is not an easy task to remain exceptionally adept when it comes to making songs. More often than not, it can be a struggle to listen to an artist’s creation that has been made generations after they initially rose to fame. However, Twink defeats the odds here, making an album that is not only absorbing, but compelling as well… 
After first recording for The Fairies in 1964, Twink joined R&B based band The In-Crowd, which evolved into Tomorrow, whose self-titled album is one of those legendary 60’s psychedelic albums that has stood the test of the time. When the short-lived Tomorrow broke up, Twink replaced Skip Allan during The Pretty Things’ infamous ‘S.F. Sorrow‘ album, before releasing his solo debut in 1969. This would be followed by The Pink Fairies debut album ‘Never Never Land‘ in 1971 
After creating a sequel to his fantastic 1969 album ‘Think Pink‘ in 2015, Twink decided to create a third instalment in the series. ‘Think Pink III’ is brimming with ideas that make the album sound fresh and invigorating, as well as having fantastic guitar playing throughout. This is a record that knows how to pull the listener in, and to keep them there until every second of it has finished. 

Take a song such as “Lydia Ladybird” for example. With Twink’s stutter induced chorus, echo filled verses, and a melody to die for, the song takes the listener on a trip into wonderland, with no tolls in sight. There is also the vocally hypnotic “Fountain” which contains compulsively intriguing backing vocals that are an excellent companion to Twink’s own vocals. It finishes with a dynamite guitar part that could have gone on for an eternity and nobody would complain. 

The infectious “Firelight” will have you humming the song’s title in your head for days and days. Repetitive in a favorable way, Twink’s commanding vocals guides the song in upward direction, all the way to Jupiter, and maybe even Saturn. “The Shaitan” is a psychedelic trip to the land of the forgotten, with a circulating guitar sound that refuses to let up even an ounce of fascination. Additionally, the acoustic guitar that is here really adds exuberance to an already exciting track. 

The album has a romantic element to it as well, as heard in the beautifully made “I Miss You.” The swirling guitar sound found in “The Shaitan” is here, only this time it adds an affectionate element to the sound, as opposed to the darker feeling it gave on the other. This would be the perfect song to show an ex that you really miss, since this displays the regret one has after a breakup, or even the loss of a loved one. 

Elsewhere, “Planet 39” actually does sound like it was made 39 planets away from Earth with its trippy atmosphere and hallucinatory effects on the vocals. Twink’s assertive vocal delivery makes it feel as though he is the ambassador to this Planet 39, and is trying to convince us all to join him there. I do have to admit, he does make a strongly convincing case, and definitely makes me want to take a journey there myself. 

The album finishes with the menacing “Sundown”, an instrumental that sounds like a snake crawling through the desert, with no creature around it because everything is so absolutely afraid to go near it. Dark and threatening, it is an excellent piece of enthralling music that just gives his fans even more to rave about. 
What Twink manages to do is create impressive sounding music that will have newcomers become enticed by it, as well as keeping his longtime fans pleased and satisfied. There is this overwhelming sense of confidence found all over the album, which is no surprise, since Twink has every right to feel that way with such a remarkable career….. by Matt Kessler…Moof magazine…~ 
Tracklist

Morning 02:01
Fountain 03:05
You Can’t Fool An Angel 03:17
Firelight 02:50
The Shaitan 02:48
I Miss You 02:56
Lydia Ladybird 03:50
Planet 39 02:22
Sundown 02:31 

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