Yesterday, the Atlanta-based producer, synth wunderkind and CGI Records and DKA label head TWINS (AKA Matt Weiner) shared the video for the second single from his recently announced debut record, That Which Is Not Said, out May 4th via 2MR. The ominous, 80s-tinged and synth-drenched “Stuck” follows on the heels of the previously released “Glass Breaks Glass“. TWINS will be taking these new songs on the road across the U.S. on a tour with labelmate Gel Set. The run of shows kicks off on April 17 in Austin, supporting Front 242 at Mohawk, followed by stops in Atlanta at 529, NYCat Kind Regards, Chicago at HOTH at Danny’s and more before culminating in a party at Fern Gully in Nashville on May 5. Dates below.
Speaking on the track, Weiner says “‘Stuck‘ was written shortly after a series of let downs led me to feeling disillusioned and lost, unable to see past where I was at…stuck. Admittedly a bit indulgent, the song is pure emotional catharsis with melancholic sustained tones and a strained vocal howl that requires me to put my whole core being into the part. I found it is the best way to transform a dark and heavy feeling into a moment of pure release. It’s still one of my favorite songs to perform live.”
Written and recorded over the course of two years in TWINS home studio in Atlanta with various synths, samplers, drum machines, and his very own flesh-and-muscle vocals, That Which Is Not Said is the result of countless studio sessions and experiments that were refined and distilled into the songs that make up the LP. The material was all conceived more or less the same way: a mood or feeling would be channeled through whatever machines were plugged in at the time and eventually a foundation would be developed upon which a loose structure would be improvised. Experimenting and throwing around vocals came next, making up phrases and lyrics on the fly until something clicked and a pathway cleared through the fog and mist.
Having spent the better part of a decade reveling in a moody murk that intersects seductive synth-pop with Featureless Ghost and grotesque industrial-dance grooves in his own right as TWINS, Weiner has more than proved his sincerely sinister and auspiciously artful finesse of synth-based music. Operating from his studio, arrayed with various tools of the trade, Weiner tempers his subtle scourges of sound with an unending sense of bold exploration, processing tracks of pulse-heavy aural catharsis. When performing these songs live, he brings an array of hardware to back up his flooring vocal performances, using his entire being to work the audience into a frenzied trance.