Toby Twining is a hauntingly pure-voiced singer from Texas who layers his birds-egg fragile, Antony-high voice into mini-choirs and makes records that sound like modern madrigals. There is a chanting-beneath-the-waves feel to his latest record, Eurydice, that will easily hook the ear of those interested in Julianna Barwick or Tune-Yards. Twining artfully twists and manipulates his vocals so that they sound like a lot of things – pipe organs, French horns, wah-wah-ing guitars. It’s often hard to discern his voice from the few spare instruments that creep into the mix. The result is disarmingly beautiful and subtly, pleasantly mind-bending.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.29.11 in Lists
Every year, a mountain of records is unleashed on an unsuspecting public. And while many move to "Instant Favorite" status, it's inevitable that even more will fall through the cracks. With five months left in 2011, now...
By Seth Colter Walls on 10.28.14 in Features
John Luther Adams tells Seth Colter-Walls why he spent the premiere of his Pulitzer-winning work on an operating table.
By Britt Robson on 09.30.14 in Reviews
Become Ocean is both profound and easy to grasp. Composer John Luther Adams sets the premise: "Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing th...