The Heavy Drag

by Twin Library

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    The Heavy Drag. Recorded in January and February 2011, although two tracks were recorded a few years earlier in Vancouver.

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"Had Twin Library come out in the '90s they would have been one of the more popular indie bands. Whether they'd have been popular with the Sassy/Spin crowd or the Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins set is hard to determine. Likely they'd be one of those obscure bands that curiously enough everyone knew about, like Sone, or Nothing Painted Blue, or Eric's Trip, acts precious to the tiny coterie of fans inclined to memorize every word, every twist of the melodic knife. There is much beauty here to balance the down-strummed tension. Vocals sweep in like warm breezes in April, melodies glide like magic lights, inspiring me to think of long forgotten faces and weird nights in my car. I wish they pressed vinyl for this stuff - it's perfectly analong music."
The Big Takeover, issue 69.

"It’s like the beach boys, no the Fleet Foxes, no, that’s not it. Twin Library’s March release is much more. It’s short but packs plenty of great songs in 15 minutes. Booming acoustic guitars and percussion, airy vocal melodies. This is an album to drink to sitting in woods on a summer day."
Noise Bread, June 2011

"As the summer rolls in, the lazy freedom begs for an appropriately hazy soundtrack. Twin Library’s newest release, The Heavy Drag, fits the bill, beach-themed cover art and all. The Edmonton band’s effects-laden sound combines the raw textures of garage rock with nostalgic psychedelia. Although straightforward acoustic guitars and breathy, harmonized vocals drive the music, the songs are interspersed with simply effective percussion, surf-rock guitar solos on 'There’s Nothing Out There,' and Velvet Underground-esque, blood-curdling feedback on 'Dark Maps.' The band also makes tasteful use of sampling, best demonstrated in the space-age radio conversations of album closer 'When I Was So High.' The tracks themselves are short and sweet, like fleeting summer moments (the album itself clocks in at just over 15 minutes). The Heavy Drag is available on Twin Library’s Bandcamp page, and makes for a quick but rewarding download that begs to be replayed once the spring rain finally recedes.
Discorder Magazine, May 2011

"Twin Library released a new 8-track album The Heavy Drag in mid-March, and I just got a chance to preview it over the weekend...and it’s absolutely brilliant. Most of the album was recorded right here in Edmonton (in someone’s basement) during January/February of this year (hell with as much snow as we got what else are you going to do, right), save for a couple of tracks which date back a few years. My favorite track on the album is called Why Did You Not Burn? but if you take a liking to it, you should definitely check out their bandcamp site."
New Music Michael, April 2011

[Translated from French] "Much folk but a pop sensibility, the latest album Twin Library is primarily guided by the voices. Like a breath, The Heavy Drag includes 8 songs for free on Bandcamp , inspired, led by mixing melodies and intriguing mystery unsolved. An autumnal atmosphere that you never get tired for anything even when everything indicates that summer is approaching."
The Discoverialist, April 2011

#1 CKXU Lethbridge, April 12 2011
#6 CJSR Edmonton, April 12 2011
#18 CFBU St. Catharines, April 26, 2011
#5 CFMH St. John, April 26, 2011
#4 CHMR St. John's, May 10, 2011


released March 15, 2011



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No Museums Edmonton, Alberta

A homemade hybrid of creaking pop and basement rock, using an array of textural devices and hummed noise. Echo boxes, delay pedals, soft distortion dynamics and guitars with buzzing strings. There is drift and there is direction. Enjoys the sounds of Little Wings, Guided By Voices, Velvet Underground, Wedding Present, Television Personalities. ... more

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Track Name: Beware of Bees
Beware of the bees
Workers, keepers and me
Hunters, builders and me
Riders, guiders and me
I'll bring you to your feet
I'll take you to the country
I'll take you to the sea
I'll take you home with me

And now you'll see this is everything you've ever wanted to be
And the traps I've set don't mean a thing to me yet

I've met you before
Where the hives and the honey were stored
Under stars and in the grass
This time we've had has now past

And now you'll see where the silos and farms used to be
And the traps I've set don't mean a thing to me yet.
Track Name: There's Nothing Out There
Once it began to snow a story I was told
Recording the highs and lows
Once it began to snow, lighting lanterns when it turned cold
Drifting smoke out of our mouths
Recording the highs and lows
Once it began to snow

And only woods and stars
And only beating hearts
There's nothing out there

I'm sending you into the sky, golden hands to write it down
Recording the highs and lows
You came back alone
You told me there's another view but nothing that's really true
Recording the highs and lows
You came back alone.
Track Name: Maybe I Wanted Phantoms
I want to drive alone, the darkest lantern is on
While you were sleeping I sang the fireflies home
You wouldn't be you if it wasn't for me
When are you going to break?
Did you love me a little too late?
I've got trunks in the attic
Closing time I no longer hate
Soon you know it'll all come true

Maybe I wanted phantoms, it's still warm on the porch this year
It's time I should be leaving, it's almost time I wasn't so near

The wooden swing slowed still
Before I felt I belonged
So soon I was gone
As soon as I felt the chill
I couldn't wait for my mind up to make
The time it takes for a hand to break.
Track Name: Why Did You Not Burn?
The blackened air, an evening with me
How long have you waited?
I've set up camp, is it broken hands
Or bricks being thrown?
How many files have you written on this
Why did you not burn?
I'm waiting for the first snow to melt
Why did you not burn?

I've struggled to bring something out of the cold
A microphone
Speak up your heart and let it ring
Are you waiting for my hold?
Or can it be I've forgotten to breathe
A mountain or a last rite
Now you've got damaging things on me.
Track Name: They Pull the Sleighs
Did the river slow before I left?
The heavy drag of shorter days
My sister raises quarter horses, they pull the sleighs

The days fall off the long trees, the boys fall off the bridge

Hunting down in the valley, following the tracks
When the low lights faded softly, the horses led us back

And I thought I saw them waving, frozen hands against the trees
The days fall off long memories, the boys fall off the bridge

In the morning we found them near the bridge
Dragged them back into town
My sister raises quarter horses, they pull the sleighs.
Track Name: The Winter Hive
A finger like a flag, a moth beyond the mesh of summer days
Now winter in the throat, a dark and heavy coat of golden grey
A furnace in the dark, a murmur in the heart of early night
This train it must move on
Throwing arrows at the friends who are running late

And we always froze as we turned to go
It's warm inside the winter hive

You said, "The year is gone, it always ends before too long like warmest hands"
A finger like a flag, drawing lines across the snow of softest homes.
Track Name: Dark Maps
We're drawing our own dark maps
From pages torn in half
A homecoming is years away

The heavy drag of the snow
You came back alone
A homecoming from years ago

Like broken gold, the hardest road
The blackest lines, legends drawn out of time.
Track Name: When I Was So High
Surfing through the sky, will you be there when I die
Time travel suicide all alone
Coming up fast from the beach, will you be there when I need
You to reach out just for me, only me

Oh you, when you were with me
We'd hide, never go outside
And we'd hope we'd never have to try
It all flew by when I was so high

Racing in and out of sight, will you be there when I'm likely
To fade from my present life, fade away
Tasting the vapour of heat, will you be there when I speed
Far past the point of me, fucked up me.