|The Watson Twins — Pioneer Lane |
The Watson Twins — Pioneer Lane
♣ A roots band raised in Kentucky but based in California, with sisterly harmonies and country-tinged arrangements.
Formed 1998 in Louisville, KY
Location: Louisville, KY ~ Los Angeles, California
Album release: September 24, 2013
Record Label: The Watson Twins
01. Little Darling (2:24)
02. Circle (2:30)
03. Stay True (2:28)
04. Every Day Dream (2:40)
05. Hello, Hello (2:28)
06. Sun Drips On Leaves (2:53)
07. Love Of Mine (2:26)
08. Sweet Summer Days (2:36)
09. My Family (1:44)
Album Moods: Innocent Intimate Bittersweet Calm/Peaceful Delicate Earnest Earthy Melancholy Organic Pastoral Plaintive Poignant Reflective Searching Sentimental Tender Warm Wistful Autumnal Confident Soothing
Themes: Feeling Blue Heartache Introspection Reflection Solitude Sunday Afternoon
♣ Solon Bixler Guest Artist
♣ Mark Chalecki Mastering
♣ Desi Moore Artwork, Design
♣ Russell Pollard Producer
♣ Rachel Stolte Guest Artist
♣ The Watson Twins Composer, Primary Artist
♣ Chandra Watson Composer, Group Member
♣ Leigh Watson Composer, Group Member
♣ The Watson Twins bring their signature sibling harmonies to Pioneer Lane, a collection of original family folk songs. Combining their Indie-Rock sensibilities with positive pop lyrics, Pioneer Lane is a record for the whole family. Producer Russell Pollard, of the band Everest, creates a whimsical instrumental landscape which complements the songs and gives this record a unique sound.
♣ The sisters started singing at an early age and were inspired to contribute new songs to the ever growing genre of Children's Music. Friendship, family, nature and love resonate at the heart of this record from beginning to end.
♣ "Twin sisters Chandra Watson and Leigh Watson were born and raised in Kentucky, and the plaintive, Southern sibling folk harmonies they grew up singing went with them when they relocated to Los Angeles and immersed themselves in the California neo-folk scene, working as backup singers and occasionally as a duo under the name Black Swan. When they began writing their own material in earnest, they became what they’d always been, the Watson Twins.
♣ Pioneer Lane is the third full-length release under that name, and it’s a low-key, smooth, and brightly reflective listen, full of redemptive, water-colored lullabies. The idea was to make a children’s album that would also work for adults, and to a certain extent that happens here, although one has to keep in mind that these twins could sing dinner recipes and it would work, so sweet and affecting are those sibling harmonies. ♣ It’s true that songs here like the opener, “Little Darling,” and the infectious “Hello, Hello” have timeless, ageless melodies and drift like pastels, as soothing as a wink or a wish, but then every track here has some of that, and listening to all nine of these family-oriented tracks in a row makes one, well, sleepy. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. It’s situational, and so is this gentle album."
♣ Un album de folk un peu "gnan-gnan" (mais charmant!) par 2 jumelles américaines a écouter pour s'endormir. Vous avez 22 minutes et quelques secondes pour y réussir! Bonne chance!
Photos: Andrea Berhands
♣ Raised in Louisville, KY, identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson have developed a style of Indie-Folk that prominently features their signature sibling harmonies. The twins grew up in Kentucky amidst country and roots traditions, then relocated to California in the late '90s to start local band Slydell. At the same time, they began to collaborate with other well-known musicians including Jenny Lewis.
♣ In recent years they have toured in support of their own releases Night Covers, Talking to You, Talking to Me, Fire Songs and Southern Manners, as well as continuing to perform as back-up vocalists for some of music's most notable acts. Recently the twins have performed with: Foster The People, The Shins, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, My Morning Jacket, Everest, Jessie Baylin, Bahamas, Pegi Young, Willie Nelson and many more.
♣ The Watson Twins most recent effort Pioneer Lane, brings their unique familial harmonies to a collection of original family folk songs. Combining their Indie-Rock sensibilities with positive pop lyrics, Pioneer Lane is a record for the whole family. Producer Russell Pollard, of the band Everest, creates a whimsical instrumental landscape which complements the songs and gives this record a unique sound. Friendship, family, nature and love resonate at the heart of this record from beginning to end.
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