Tegan & Sara
Needing little introduction by now, Canada's favourite musical twins Tegan and Sara Quin are set to release their sixth album, Sainthood, on October 26th through Sire Records, much changed from when they first emerged as 'Sara & Tegan' with the rough and ready alt-folk of Under Feet Like Ours in 1999. The twins' popularity has accelerated slowly but sensibly over the last ten years, due in part to their unique vocal sound that beautifully mirrors the close bond they share, but also their ability to evolve their overall sound, leading to six very different albums. Lead single 'Hell' is the first track to emerge from their latest effort, which unprecedentedly includes a few songs the twins' wrote together. Tearing straight into a very fast and heavy guitar introduction, it instantly reveals itself to be a catchy, vibrant pop song that slides up and down the scale as expertly as the Quins' vocals. The familiar method of solo vocal followed by intermittent twin harmonising still gives Tegan & Sara a diverse vocal edge, and the clever wording and fast delivery adds to the track's breathlessness. The overall sound is defiant and confident and seems to echo the band's firmly staked claim in music history.