Mr Twin Sister have shared “Alien FM,” the second single off their forthcoming album Salt, out Oct. 25 through Twin Group. Salt is the band’s first album since 2014’s Mr Twin Sister.
“Alien FM” teases out the elastic funk that coursed through the band’s previous work, stretching out the sound until it becomes something more aligned with blackened lounge music. The burbling bass line that infected songs like “Poor Relations” and “Power of Two” now lumbers in the background while a melancholy sax tumbles and turns around frontwoman Andrea Estella’s opaque vocals. The song does indeed end up sounding like an intergalactic transmission of FM jazz.
The theme of alien-ness seems to have become a touchstone for Estella in the writing of Salt. The first single “Tops and Bottoms” touched on the othering effects of objectification, how a gaze can render your body as an object separate from you, rather than a part of you. “Alien FM” considers the way a romantic connection grows stale, and how the person you loved can become a stranger in their attempts to distance themsevles. The song’s most telling verse comes near the end: “I can never tell just what you’re always thinking of but / It’s not me, repeatedly you’re / calling from a train / or some other place / You lean our love on these with grace/ ‘Oh, I’m gonna lose you, I’m headed for the tunnel where we lose connection’.” The transmission is communication, and the source is unrecognizable.
Mr Twin Sister will be touring through November. Find the full list of dates further down.
Listen to “Alien FM” below.
Mr Twin Sister Tour Dates:
18 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
19 – Providence, R.I. @ Fete Lounge
20 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle
21 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
25 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Elsewhere
02 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar
03 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Valley Bar
04 – Tuscon, Ariz. @ Club Congress
05 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sister
07 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
08 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
10 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza
11 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret
12 – Portland, Ore. @ Holocene
14 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Shop
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Zebulon
17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Zebulon