Big Neck (2018)
From the first moments of the album opening title track, it's pretty obvious that Imaginary World has a vibe to it. What that vibe is, can be a little tougher to lock down as the band does tend to wear a lot of different hats throughout the course of this record. The song "Imaginary World" has a slow, deliberate pace with a punk meets dark western feel to it. It sounds like the sort of thing they would play on that TV show Westworld. Though I've only seen the first episode of that show, so use discretion on how accurate that claim may be.
As the album progresses, the tempos change and the melodies evolve, but there always is a certain darkness to it and a feeling like the song was pulled out of some foreign cowboy movie that was really depressing. That might read like I'm taking a shot at or saying something bad about this record, but I'm not. I actually like it quite a bit oddly enough. It's just different enough from everything else out there that it really stands out and the songs are really impactful.
It probably also helps that there are moments where I can connect Twin Guns to other albums in my record collection. If I listen hard enough I can hear elements that remind me of The Estranged or even the Red Dons, it's that same sort of fight against the bleakness that I can get behind. I'm not sure this is the sort of album I could see myself listening to all the time or anything, but on a rainy Sunday morning or on a particularly down commute home from work, this is the sort of record that helps cope with those sorts of moods. This isn't something I would have likely picked up had Big Neck sent me a copy to review. I'm not sure it would have been on my radar, but it's worth checking out.
Twin Guns - Imaginary World: