Twiggy Frostbite are Finally Back

I‘ve been addicted to Twiggy Frostbite ever since I heard their first single so many years back. I found them through another Swedish band called The Deer Tracks with whom they share a singer (and in turn, her gorgeously abashed vocals), and they’ve since become a staple in my collection of “real music,” the name I’ve given to music that actually sounds like it was made by a person (a quality which has become increasingly rare these days). If you’ve ever heard either of them before, you know exactly what to expect, and if you haven’t, prepare to have the reset button on your musical taste pressed. Given a few times through, you too will learn to impatiently await each and every one of their releases. And trust me, the reward is well worth the wait.

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Twiggy Frostbite – Written Within

Big ups to Despotz for giving a home to music like this.

Using Winter as Inspiration

With the overbearing mass of paid musical promotion that surrounds our poor little lives, it’s quite easy to become lost among the clash between your own original ideas, and those which other force upon you. Think about it: Good, tasteful music certainly exists in more than just a few small corners of the world. Considering you’re reading this page, it’s likely that your hard drive is filled with it. But despite this, the majority of music that succeeds on a more grandiose scale (especially in the states) is, to say it nicely, worthless. The success of artists like Soulja Boy (and his unfortunate little dance) is a slap in the face to those who pour their heart and soul into the music they make, as well as a testament to the fact that the eye of the music industry continues to be money. Why pay a talented musician to tire over an album for months when you can make exponentially greater sums of money off of a talentless artist with a face, and the ability to spit out a track every other day?

Greed keeps the good music away. Or rather, greed has the money to put the crap in the eyes of the masses, while the more worthwhile music is left buried, and waiting to be discovered by the lowly few of us who truly care about the noise which our ears are subjected to.

Twiggy Frostbite

So is there any hope at all? A few months ago, I did a post on the breathtaking soundscapes crafted by the Swedish group, The Deer Tracks. In that post, however, I failed to mention that it was that band’s record label, Despotz, that initially clued me in to their nearly unbelievable work. Needless to say, having been hit with another email from Despotz, I was more than eager to find out what this update had inside; Long story short, I can finally sleep soundly, knowing that there are indeed ethics left within a few shards of our shattering audio world. The email was about Twiggy Frostbite.

The band might sound a bit familiar: It “ironically” features the same vocalist as does The Deer Tracks, however, that’s not to say that the sound is pushing a perfect parallel. Where her other works feature largely an electronic arrangement, Twiggy Frostbite captures its sound from more analog than electronic sounds. But the real beauty of the work stems from its thoroughly sentimental sound. The melancholy soundscapes created by the haunting vocals and reverbed strings couldn’t be farther from the “one song fits all occasions” structure that so many labels are forcing upon us. Rather, the sounds make for the fabrication of new doors to open, and new buttons to push, all within the confines of our own minds. As such, it seems an almost perfect anthem for the new year.

In all sincerity, I advise that you keep your eyes closed before venturing into such a curious new world.

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Twiggy Frostbite – Heroes

The Beginning of Something Beautiful

If I were to quit listening to, blogging about, and living for music today, I’m proud to say that I would, in fact, die happy, for today I have discovered what I consider to be the most perfect blend of sounds to have graced the many ears on this earth in years. Naturally, you’ll have to excuse me if you don’t completely share my idea of beauty and finesse in the way of sound, but for myself, and those of you who can fall in love with the sensitive magic of artists like Sigur Ros just as easily as you can the sweaty pounding of well crafted electro, I’m proud to present to you the most perfectly crafted combination of all that there is to enjoy in this word: The Deer Tracks.

The Deer Tracks

Essentially, the title says it all: The electronic duo made up of the Swedish David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors will pull you into a white world of emotion that can only be described by the image of deer tracks on snow. They’ve taken the haunting softness and gentle horns and bells of the Icelandic, Sigur Ros, and have managed to combine it with the electronic instruments similar to those used by MGMT, M83, or even Air, without losing even the slightest bit of emotion, which, seeing as electronic instruments manage to mask the mind behind the compositions quite well, is an impressive feat. Give any one of these newly released pieces only a few moments of your time, and you’ll have become overwhelmed by the power of a melancholy world. There is no happiness or sadness, no wants or need. Amidst these beautiful waves of sentiment, you’ll feel a perfect nothing–the utmost tranquility. Might I suggest that you put on your headphones, breath deep, close your eyes, and live.

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MP3: The Deer Tracks – Yes, This Is My Broken Shield

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The Deer Tracks – Cast Away

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The Deer Tracks – Slow Collision

It’s artistry like this that makes me feel like I really am missing out on a whole other world.