Boomkat Product Review:
On their second full album for Fat Cat, The Twilight Sad have turned to their own guitarist for production work. Six-string slinger Andy MacFarlane (with the assistance of Paul Savage of The Delgados) proves to be an inspired sonic architect on Forget The Night Ahead, overseeing the construction of quivering, epic guitar sculptures snaking around in the shadowy background of the record. It all recalls the sonic density of The Horrors' Primary Colours, doffing a cap to Kevin Shields without resorting to opycat-isms. There's a degree of malevolence to 'Reflection Of The Television', which sets a wall of blustery distortion against vocalist James Graham's cryptic delivery of repeated phrases like "There's people downstairs". It all gels together with a half-formed sense of something nasty lurking in the subtext. 'I Became A Prostitute' sees the band shifting up several gears towards a truly vast sound whose epic trajectory is enough to eclipse the ambitions of far less concise post-rock bands out there. Yet more impressive entries are around the corner with 'Made To Disappear' and 'Seven years Of Letters', both doing enough to raise those neck-hairs, rattling around in a fashion that seems to shift in and out of tune whilst providing real-world substance thanks to the use of natural reverberation rather than the usual array of delay pedals and artificial effects. The combination of these textural guitar-scapes and Graham's starkly evocative lyrics makes for a sophomore record of some substance. Recommended.