Twin Limb sets the bar high with their new single, “Long Shadow.” The primarily female group consists of Lacy Guthrie, Maryliz Bender, Kevin Ratterman, and Sara Pitt hailing from Louisville, KY (according to their Facebook page).
Opening with a simple drumbeat and an accordion, we know instantly that Twin Limb has their own sound, which they appropriately describe as “dream pop.” The airy vocals and echo effects create layers to combine ominous melodies and ethereal energy. Similarly, the video shows the group swaying and singing in a haze of warm hues with overlapping frames to create a sleepy, nostalgic mood. Although the track is slow and relaxed, there’s a part of it that reminds me of a late summer afternoon…or maybe this cold weather is wearing on me. The subtle synth sound brings a flame of optimism to balance the dark melody. Finally, repetitive lyrics make it an uplifting piece. Guthrie and Bender meld vocals to sing, “This too shall pass over you” in repeat making the piece beautiful and flowing.
Nikki grew up in an imitation German town in Georgia by the name of Helen. It wasn’t until middle school that she started to get interested in the arts: painting, music, and writing. She wrote in her diary, sketched in art class and listened to regretful music. By high school, her tastes became a little more refined. She found Fiona Apple, Lou Reed and Giant Drag, and they remain her favorites in college. She was accepted to the University of Georgia in 2012 and is currently majoring in English. Upon moving to Athens from a town with more trees than people, Nikki was a bit overwhelmed. However, there is certainly no lack of inspiration in Athens, and she appreciates its love for the arts and its service as a platform.