It's got all the hallmarks of the Twerps', the Dick Divers and the Boomgates' that came before it whilst being so different at the same time.
Nearly a month ago, Peak Twins, a beloved but recently dormant Melbourne band, returned to the ocean surface to take a breath.
The bubbles began to spread when they signed to adored record label, Our Golden Friend, in May; the announcement of a long-awaited second album accompanied the acquisition.
It’s been six years since Peak Twins’ stunning self-titled debut. Those who rode the guitar pop wave of Twerps, Dick Diver, Boomgates and Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, to name a few, during the early part of the decade will be heartened by Beloved.
It’s a stunning reminder of a sound that was once so distinct to Melbourne. From the western-leaning ‘KIN’ to the feathery ‘Beloved’ through to the uncanny ‘Heaven Knows’, Liam Kenny and Joel Carey meddle with all corners of the pop platter, enveloping a compact instrumental core with all manner of sonic flourishes.
Beloved shows an interest in the disquiet that pop music can unearth without being too inquisitive. For the most part it’s an uplifting record that grounds the fickle concerns of society. Everything’s OK in the world of Peak Twins and aren’t they better for it?