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Twinemen is at once a group, an album, and a story. The tale begins with the untimely death of Mark Sandman, frontman for somber groove-rock trio Morphine, which left his bandmates, saxophonist Dana Colley and drummer Billy Conway, in the lurch, artistically and personally. While regrouping, the pair formed Orchestra Morphine, a nine-piece ensemble celebrating their late band's dark, Waitsian music. Among the ranks was singer Laurie Sargent, who eventually stepped into Sandman's sizable shoes -- hence, the more than worthy successors, Twinemen. Like Morphine, this new trio burrows below ground, clearing musical trails on the strength of the players' equal fondness for improvisation and tunefulness. The resultant subterranean sound is rock music, to be sure, but liberated from the age-old crutch of guitar-bass-drums. Instead, Twinemen's grooves are, as Morphine's were, anchored by a leaden bottom end fashioned by Conway's loose-limbed playing and some Sandmanesque "low guitar," with Colley's sax lines drifting like heavy fog over the landscape. Sargent, meanwhile, avoids approximating her predecessor by drawing on her own coolly emotive singing style, her vocals snaking over songs such as "Spinner," "Harper and the Midget," and "Chose Sauvage," recalling an earthier Rickie Lee Jones. While Twinemen plainly use Morphine's accomplishments as their jumping-off point, their new destinations share sonic space with the dark, visceral sounds of trip-hoppers like Portishead and post-rockers such as Laika. With a plotline offering numerous twists and turns, Twinemen present a story well worth following.

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Release Date: 07/09/2002
Label: HI-N-DRY
UPC: 0610388000228
catalogNumber: 2


  1. Spinner
  2. Little by Little
  3. Golden Hour
  4. Harper and the Midget
  5. Chose Sauvage
  6. Watch You Fall
  7. Signs of Life
  8. Learn to Fly
  9. Ronnie Johnson
  10. Who's Gonna Sing

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