The Watson Twins: Beauty Beneath the Surface

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Thursday's Pick

  • Song: "Waves"
  • Artist: The Watson Twins
  • CD: Fire Songs
  • Genre: Pop
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After backing Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, The Watson Twins shouldn't be overshadowed much longer. courtesy of The Watson Twins hide caption

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For all the acclaim that Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis received two years ago for Rabbit Fur Coat, it was easy to overlook the fact that the words "and The Watson Twins" followed her name on the album's cover. How two striking six-foot-tall twins cooing on either side of Lewis could be overlooked is an issue worthy of consideration. But Fire Songs, The Watson Twins' first full-length on their own, is an attempt to rectify that attention imbalance.

"Waves" is enough to close the gap all by itself. It's almost too much to ask that the entire song remain at the same pitch as the first verse, where the crystalline, aqueous beauty of Chandra Watson's voice is perfectly set off by music that seems to hum just below the surface. But then the tension might become unbearable, so the arrangement becomes beholden to simple pop formalism in order to continue on.

It's a lovely enough place for the Watsons to spend the song, but the thought of where they began seems to haunt them. So they return once more, briefly but pointedly, to the quietly rippling gravity of the beginning. It's the heart and soul of "Waves" from which the rest of the song gains its power, and even though The Watson Twins can't remain there forever, it's no small feat that they got to go there twice.

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