Single Review – All Tvvins – Crash

All Tvvins already established their moody pop ventures on single Anytime – a fresh, funky tune that only just meets the border of exciting. And while latest release, Crash, abides by the same airy ambience, it takes on a very different theme and feel. I think the shadowy synths fit this tone better than on Anytime – the way they are drawn out only adds to the sense of prolonged pain All Tvvins detail in the lyrics describing the loss of a loved one in a car crash, as well as aiding the haunting and ghostly aura of the track. The song feels sincere; unlike Anytime, it isn’t just another throwaway pop record. It pushes ordinary pop instrumentalism and morphs it into something with narrative and with soul. The minimalism is especially effective – it sounds spacey and empty. To many, this may sound just like another average pop track, but to me, it’s raw, it’s emotional and it’s expertly done; everything pop music should be.

Ellie Chivers

Single Review – All Tvvins – Anything

Wikipedia call the Irish duo All Tvvins an alternative band, yet new single Anything seems to suggest a shift in tone for the double act. It lures you in with an enticing lonely bass and ethereal vocals, and keeps hold of you with the playful electronica probes. The minimalist approach to funk explored throughout the track builds to an anthemic bass drop, with dazing riffs and sprightly percussion. It’s airy, ambient pop at its finest, carried by vivacious percussion and topped with soft, echoic harmonies. It’s punchy and exciting in that its summery feel diverts from what IIVV established back in 2016, but potentially nowhere near punchy and exciting enough for another number two finish on the Irish charts.
Ellie Chivers