The Twilight Sad: Ňran Mór Session
October 16th 2015 | FatCat Records | Albums
Almost a year since the release of their acclaimed fourth album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, Scotland’s The Twilight Sad have returned with Òran Mór Session: a collection of reworked, stripped-back versions of tracks from the album, B-sides and a cover of Arthur Russell’s “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face”. The album will be available from October 16th 2015 on CD, vinyl LP & digital download.
Recorded in Glasgow’s Òran Mór auditorium, a popular arts & entertainment spot in the west of the city, away from the boozier throes of the venue’s lower levels, the set was initially released - in abridged form as an EP - to coincide with the band’s late 2014 & early 2015 tour dates. Now, with an assortment of additional tracks, the band are proud to give the sessions a wider physical release for the first time via their longterm home FatCat Records.
The sessions act as something of a means to recap and reflect on what’s been a whirlwind past year for the band, with Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave earning rave reviews from publications including The Sunday Times, The Quietus & Q, alongside topping Drowned in Sound’s best albums of 2014 and earning a rare perfect 10 from the website, finishing second in The Skinny Mag’s Albums Of The Year list, third in Popmatters’ indie rock Albums of the Year and topping Any Decent Music’s Scottish Albums of the Year.
Here, we see the skeletons of the songs that comprised the bulk of Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave presented as they were initially composed: stark, unadorned and with their melodies laid open and their meanings made clear; a chance to hear another side to these newest additions to the band’s repertoire but also to revisit what made the originals so special in the first place.
"It’s not until you assemble – no, grow, because this is nothing if not organic – the whole thing, that the jaw-dropping brilliance of the album reveals itself." - Drowned in Sound (10/10)
"Simple but effective, the lyrics are bleak, bitter phrases of existential loneliness and torment. His emotion hits just as potently throughout." - NME (8/10)
"The group's fourth LP more than justifies [their] ascension. Where there were youthful, wayward meanderings, Graham has emerged a man, exorcising the sorrows of lessons learnt along the way." - The Quietus