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Kinbrae ~ Cryptophasia | a closer listen, relaxing music – Lyric Say

Cryptophasia is a language shared by twins that solely they will perceive.  On the brand new album of the identical title, twin brothers Andy & Mike Truscott (popularly often known as Kinbrae) use music to mirror their decades-long relationship.  That is the primary full-length LP from Kinbrae since Birl of Unmap, their 2022 collaboration with Clare Archibald; their sound has grown subtler, however the magnificence stays intact.

The album tells a chronological story, starting with “Vermiculation” (one other nice vocabulary phrase) and “Language Development.”  The brothers have listed struggles, particular person and collective, and there’s some melancholy to be gleaned right here, however the main tone is triumphant.  For this we are able to credit score the brass, ever current within the background but sometimes surging to the fore.  We take pleasure in figuring out that the brothers’ introspection finally produced this album, so of course it’s triumphant; the very existence of the copper-colored LP implies a contented ending to the present chapter of their lives.

The album is pared-back, devoid of collaborative dialogue.  As a substitute, the brothers invite listeners to aim a double translation of music and language.  If “Language Development,” a languid piece that borders on drone, is the pupae stage, then “Increasing Daylight” is the imago.  A beat returns because the piano takes heart stage, resulting in a Sigur Rós-like euphoria of melodic brass. The whole lot comes crashing down on the finish, however an unidentified rustle can nonetheless be heard.

Fittingly, “Separation Anxiety” is the closest the album involves agitation.  The twins now reside in Edinburgh and Fife, Scotland.  Their non-public language has blossomed right into a musical flower.  Even this piece, which begins with such density, finds readability because it progresses.  It’s a protected wager to say that the identical is true of the brothers’ relationship, particularly given the title “Ex Aequo” (which suggests “on equal footing” ~ our brains are getting a exercise at present!).  “Dizogotic” yields the LP’s saddest, most reflective moments, separated by the near-silence of a distant drone; however it additionally rises to the album’s second-grandest second, echoing the sooner euphoria.  When “Vernal Equinox” arrives, the twins are prepared for a brand new season of their relationship, equally balanced as day and evening or a dizygotic egg standing on its finish.  (Richard Allen)

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