Boomkat Product Review:
Twine's self-titled album, their debut for Ghostly, is a record about the difficulties of 21st-century communication and the universal threads that unite the physical and immaterial worlds. The experience of twine is the static on telephone lines, the night-time whispers, the sounds of the ether; a record of dizzying percussive glitch, eerie textures and vocals grated into a dense fog, a collective but coded dialogue. Following their acclaimed releases for Chicago's Hefty and Sweden's Komplott, this album contains a mysterious and unresolved quality, derived from the group's two main practitioners' remote collaborative exercises in postmodern abstraction. Songs become experimentations in the virtual realm, with files bounced back and forth across time zones as singular ideas take joint form. As much a noisy, ambient experience as any heard today, from Fennesz's 'Endless Summer' to Black Dice's 'Beaches and Canyons', Twine also draws influence from the free-floating, sand-blasted vocals of the mighty Cocteau Twins. This is a story of the fuzzy lines that connect and distance humanity, and the spiritual in-between that emerges in the nighttime hours. Recommended.