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Two Trains

Self-titled CD

Duplicate Records

Genres: indie rock

Bryan Day
2464 Harney St. Apt. #15
Omaha, NE 68131

Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005

Out of the under-publicized pop nation of Norway comes Two Trains, an original little fourpiece who have quietly put out this unique, prog-influenced indie pop/rock record on the Duplicate label.  This album tries a bunch of interesting ideas out, and the results are predominantly positive.  Aside from the aforementioned progressive influences, there are also some electronic and experimental tendencies on display here.  As well, the melodies are often strange and unfamiliar, displaying various points of comparison as diverse as Yo La Tengo, Pinback, and The Notwist.  The songs are composed using minor key hooks, layered instrumentation, and unique dynamics.  The guys behind Two Trains aren't afraid to take their own time with their songs, frequently coming up with gradual, slow-building compositions.  Songs like "Sorry" and "Give My Violence" establish your interest by way of their stylistic freshness, but keep you coming back with lasting melodies and lovely atmospheres.  If you've never heard anything out of the Norwegian underground thus far in your life, now's the time to get acquainted.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by Vendlus Records, released 2004]