THEY WERE MARKED AS TARGETS, SELF-RELEASED
Twin Library has released two LPs in the last seven months, putting them in the running to be Edmonton’s busiest indie rockers. Twin Library shows no signs of exhaustion, either: Targets builds meaningfully upon the band’s dour calm-rock, emphasizing moments of serenity without ever losing sight of an indefatigable punk-rock idealism. Where Lowways was noisy, electric and oppressive, They Were Marked as Targets takes a softer approach – acoustic guitars and muted drums lead the way in these two-ish-minute long tracks while the band points its fingers at the darkness closing in. The album follows an unmistakable aesthetic but where lesser songwriters might have delivered an indistinct blur of minor chords and subdued harmonies, Twin Library provides a meandering montage of a dreary outing. No one track stands out from the others but every melody feels perfectly placed, completely necessary.
Target may not be a concept album, but the sounds and stories complement one another: “The Workers Drone” weaves disillusionment before “Refusing Sister” draws a cynical face on the disillusioned, and “Everything Falls Apart” exposes the cynic’s hidden desire for contentment.
The mature, contemplative tone shows a side of the artists that, while present in their past work, struggled to shine through the dirt.
By John Julius