Boomkat Product Review:
Witchhouse pop from Phoebe Twiggs’ PTWIGGS project
“Ptwiggs second EP ‘Darkening of Light’ brings her signature heavy industrial drums alongside ethereal auto-tuned vocals embedded in immersive building melodies. Exploring concepts of pre-determinism, fatalism and the influence of the Ancient Chinese divination system, the I Ching. ‘Darkening of Light’ is cryptic without passing into the realms of the unknowable, It’s six tracks should be given time to unfurl and explain themselves in full.
The opening single ‘Worth It’ introduces a threatening throaty bassline contrasted with delicate emotive vocals that echo “I don’t understand why you hold my hand, look me in the eyes, am I worth the lies?…” layered industrial riffs ring out under the weight of crushing hardstyle drum breakdowns. 'When Shaken By A Strong Wind' delivers hazy liquid synthesisers and flickering guitars give homage to a post punk palette. The track based off the Bible; Revelation 6:13 signifies the natural self becoming separated from the spiritual self bringing an apocalypse to the world.
‘Ebb and Flow’ swirls distorted pads, with celestial multi-dimensional vocals, soft percussion and soaring leads. The track conjures up a dream-pop essence with the lyrics an abstract reflection that speaks peacefully about the origin of all things flowing into one.
Closing the EP is the track ‘The Town of Death’ a remarkable soundscape with a floating choir pad smothered by a detuned existential lead building form to a battle ground of drums and vocals that flood in with lyrics of despair "All the stars fell down". Dedicated to a town in Russia called 'Чапаевск' - Chapayevsk also known as the 'town of death' due to the high amount of toxins present in the environment.
‘Darkening of Light’ can be both oblique in it’s reference and entirely accurate about it’s being. Ptwiggs music deals with this human experience of denial, acceptance, inadequacy and pride, both of personal body and wider environment in a balanced manner. Entering darkness to understand the light, free from craving and aversion you will find everything in nothing.”