The darkwave duo, Twin Tribes, from Texas consists of Luis Navarro (voice/guitar/synth) and Joel Niño Jr. (bass/synth). In 2018 they released their debut album "Shadows" to critical acclaim. With their pop aesthetic and romanticism, they balanced well their chiming guitars, restless bass, and synths, bringing to mind acts like Drab Majesty. With their sophomore album "Ceremony", released in December 2019 on Manic Depression records, they continue in the same vein of their debut with dark melodic sounds.

The album opens with "Exilio", characteristic example of their dark melodic style, with 80’s synthesizers and drum machine sound. The next rack "Heart & Feather" is more danceable with a great shimmering guitar playing melodically throughout it. It was the first single to come out a few months prior to the album’s release. On the darker "The River" the duo delivers a moodier track. Here things get heavier with more melancholy vocals but still retaining their nice melodic lines. We notice that with their second album, their songwriting has matured and the band seems more confident. The beat speeds up on "Avalon", a track featuring nice guitar that plays over the driving rhythm section. Things slow down on "Obsidian". A song with deep moody bass, airy guitar and a low tempo drum beat with a lot of depth. The keyboards put a nice touch to the whole atmosphere, with Luis’s vocals fitting in nicely, adding to the moonlight mood of the song.

With "Fantasmas", one of the album’s stand out tracks, they sound like the new breed of darkwave/goth bands such as She Past Away, a band they recently performed live together in the United States. This was the second single to come out from the album and made us even more impatient, looking forward for the album’s release. The album in general doesn’t seem to falter, as the good tracks follow one after the other. Like "VII" that follows, the more dream pop of "Upir", the upbeat "Perdidos" finishing with another dreamy track "Shrine", this time more dark, ending the album in an appropriate way. Twin Tribes have proved with their new album that they are rightfully considered one of the hopeful acts of the genre, managing to contain elements of alternative, cold wave, gothic, indie, new wave and post-punk in the 10 songs that consist "Ceremony".

Review by Nick Drivas