ALBUM REVIEW: Twin Atlantic – Power

Release Date: January 24th 2020
Label: Virgin Records


Glaswegian rock powerhouse Twin Atlantic are known for their punchy lyrics, ground stomping beats, and unapologetically Scottish accents.

Now, by joining the popular techno/synth movement that has become increasingly popular in recent years within the modern indie rock scene, they deliver their fifth full-length offering, ‘Power’.

A fusion of calm verses and uplifting chorus, ‘Barcelona’‘s entry into the band’s catalogue, whilst containing many of the elements that make up this album, is only a prelude to the real party.

Lead single ‘Novocaine’ comes in with a speedy drum beat and accompanying guitar/synth riff, before building towards a loud, fun, techno chorus that can only spark joy in the heart and soul. Feeling like a true blend of an 80s club rave inside a summer rock festival, this song takes the best of Twin Atlantic and adds enough of an electronic sound to create something new for the band’s growing palette.

Short electronic interlude ‘Mount Bungo’, sounding like a drummer hitting a static TV monitor in rhythm, signals a shift away from the guitar driven alt/indie rock we’re familiar with from Twin Atlantic, and dives into some more experimental sounds. ‘I Feel It Too’ kicks in with a funky electro guitar rhythm before frontman Sam McTrusty softly speaks lyrics in alongside the beat with the final word of each verse echoing off. While the chorus is short and a little repetitive, this track transports you to the Glasgow techno clubs that inspired new sounds of the record.

Following the transition in sound, ‘Power’ then adds a spiritual element to the record with its final two tracks. ‘Messiah’ lays down an electric keyboard, a distorted drum beat, and the lyric “Desire” is chanted throughout like a cult chant. Whilst other tracks on the record reference the power of drugs or nature, this one speaks to the power of religion with an ominous undertone. ‘Praise Me’ continues the religious commentary, and with its simple yet catchy chorus asking for praise and looping the word “Hallelujah”, any onlookers could easily mistake a live performance of this track as some kind of congregation.

Twin Atlantic step just enough outside the box on this record to warp it into something exciting and new. ‘Power’ explores many of the elements and meanings of the word, and holds down a solid thematic sound throughout.