Love Beam by Typical SistersRelease date: July 9, 2021
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
What kind of music can you expect from three guys that call themselves Typical Sisters and have, among others, worked with the likes of Perfume Genius and jazz crooner Kurt Elling? Anything with a twist, essentially, and their latest album, Love Beam goes on to prove it. Here, that twist lies somewhere with a post-rock variation that definitely relies on jazz chops and subtle electronics, all played to excellent levels. After all, the guys got together all the way back in 2009, combining Joni Mitchell songs and jazz standards.
It seems that the concepts of jazz composition applied to post-rocks works really well for Typical Sisters. Each member brought their initial ideas before they started recording, which they then combined, but leaving enough space to add any ideas that might seem to fit at the spur of the moment.
That also included combining acoustic instruments with production elements like programmed drums, lo-fi iPhone recordings, and manipulated human voices. Combined with some brilliant playing such ideas could only bring some inventive and enjoyable music that still retains the human element as its key.
And whatever you pick here, it works on all the right levels, escaping one of the key traps Post Rock can pose – too much brain and too little heart. On Love Beam Typical Sisters seem to have found the right balance between the two.