With their debut EP, Precious Places, Atlanta quartet Twin Studies combined moody dream pop and tempestuous shoegaze into a sound that was both delicate and, at times, thunderous. The dichotomy certainly wasn’t new, but it was confidently executed even if some songs exhibited a certain lack of melodic cohesiveness.
On their latest two-song single, released back in March, the group return more mature and focused — employing similar elements as their debut while lending greater attention to the overall flow of the music. Of the two tracks, “Attic Room” is the more driving and aggressive, a jangle punk-indebted jam that crackles and spits before dissolving into a noise-coated swirl of dream pop bliss. Meanwhile, “Space Girl” takes a more lush approach, one that leans heavily on Aubrey Meer’s ethereal pop hooks and Jay Stanley’s shimmery guitars and textured grooves. There’s a lightness here, and by this I mean a kind of Cocteau Twins-like radiance that feels soft, gauzy, beautiful. Neither track quite lives up to the potency of the band’s live show, but they’re both a big step forward for a group that seems on the verge of coming into its own. Listen below.