It all started in 2007 as a personal project of musician and songwriter Francisco Recabarren. Originally with a more “alternative” sound, his debut album was released in 2009, but the following year the current ‘sonic rock’ sound was finally developed, and many more songs were written in order to create the second album, New Times’ Threshold, which is expected to be finally released in the coming months. In the meantime, a single called Different Taste is now out on iTunes. The single comes off an EP entitled Change Is Taking Place, which will soon be released as an appetizer to the forthcoming album.
“Different Taste” has a slight retro-rock feel , a classic Sixties/Seventies vibe that permeates throughout it. It streamlines all of the important aspects that characterizes Twilight Age’s ‘sonic rock’ genre; gritty, riff-driven rock, melodically inclined vocals and a great level of accessibility. The single is full of dirty, noisy guitar riffs, powerhouse drums, and most importantly, a flexibility that makes the sound able to crossover to Power-pop.
Clearly Francisco Recabarren has laid down the basics for inspired rocks songs, with tasty arrangements, cool harmonies, and catchy melody lines. In my opinion, where Twilight Age would benefit most, is from a third-party production makeover. Ingredients like added punch and power on the bass and mid-ranges, more dynamics, depth and control on the vocal frequencies, and max crunch on the guitar riffs, could be easily obtained by having the songs remixed and mastered by a professional producer with a hot pair of rock n’ roll ears. This would tune-up Twilight Age’s sound tenfold, making the good done thus far, become great, as far as the classic rock sound genre goes!
On the other hand I may be way out of line, as the current sound on “Different Taste” could be exactly the ‘sonic rock’ sound, Twilight Age want and desire to produce. In that case, it’s a matter of personal taste, much like the stoner rock, metal core and math rock subgenres are, as opposed to classic rock. It could be louder, but it’s got guts with a nice take-out too. “Different Taste” is rough guitar and abrasive, melodic rock vocals, not to mention a groovy chorus.
At the end of the day, this is basically good music period. “Different Taste” has a bit of that raw flavor and unpolished, dirty driving rock, that has launched a thousand garage bands to success, and there is no reason why it should be any different for Francisco Recabarren and Twilight Age!
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