Lonely Twin

Lonely Twin

by Hospital ShipsHospital Ships


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When "Love or Death" kicks off Lonely Twin with a combination of piano, high vocals, and the general air of just-post-last-Beatles stateliness -- perhaps with a flicker of where the Move and ELO would eventually take that impulse -- the feeling is that Hospital Ships, centered around singer/songwriter Jordan Geiger, are at the logical end point of intersecting curves of nostalgic re-creation. On the one hand there's enough "proper" tunefulness to satisfy those who loved XTC and Jellyfish -- and perhaps most especially the Flaming Lips from The Soft Bulletin forward -- while on the other, there are enough squawks, fuzz, and zoning to sound like it's emerged a bit from the 21st century cassette underbrush. It generally leans toward the former, though, and with that as a start, Lonely Twin takes a sweetly woozy way through its length, at once enjoyable enough while still feeling like a recapitulation more than a way forward. Still, even with that caveat, it's pleasant enough listening, with the scragglier numbers like "Little Dead Leaf," distortion, and crumbling drum hits set against delicate keyboard tones and singing, working best as a mixing of relative extremes. The drumless, string-touched ballad "Bird in Furs" is the first of several similar pieces throughout the album like "Phantom Limb." Meanwhile, "Carry On" -- with its steady, early drum machine-styled punch and understated end-of-the-night singalong turning into a lighter-waving grind guitar, without changing its overall pace and feeling -- comes across as Geiger's high point on the album, a balancing of performance, arrangement, and tension that works in a lovely fashion.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label: Graveface
UPC: 0643157415275
catalogNumber: 56
Rank: 161844

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hospital Ships   Primary Artist
Kate Adams   Cello
Jonathan Meiburg   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Thor Harris   Drums,screams
Jordan Geiger   Vocals
Kim Burke   Percussion
Nick Christus   Drums
Travis Nelsen   Drums
Brian Phillips   Bass,Fuzz Bass
Lucas Oswald   Percussion,Piano,Cello,Drums,Electric Piano,Vocals
Josh Adams   Drums
Katlyn Conroy   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Congleton   Engineer
Rob Halverson   Engineer
Mark Sanders   Engineer
Jordan Geiger   Engineer
Nick Christus   Layout
Jason Lips   Artwork
Lucas Oswald   Engineer
Michael Krueger   Artwork

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