by Adesuwa Okoyomon
VANCOUVER – Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott, the women behind Twin Bandit, are what your twintuition dreams are made of. Bringing together folk, alt-pop, and country, the duo who met in 2013 while working and volunteering at St. James Music Academy, a non-profit music school for children living in the Downtown Eastside, describe their sound as “a hybrid of wherever our emotion meets the music we’re writing.”
Walker and Elliott’s voices come together in perfect harmony to make you feel everything all at once, and there are few things as beautiful as the meeting of their voices pressed against the sound of an acoustic guitar in “The Waltz,” the first song they wrote together. The duo has belted out “pull-your-hair-out, make you cry and scream” love songs and their song writing has been called “an emotional arsonist” but they are doing something different with their sophomore album Full Circle.
Each song on Full Circle “represents one aspect of the journey.” A journey which they embarked upon during a trip to Nashville in 2014, and through it all, they sought to “nurture and honour each other’s individuality” by being a beacon of support as they used their stories to create a work of art. “Jamie and I have faced some serious struggles in the last four and a half years of singing and working together. We’ve lost some friends and family members to health issues and fentanyl, and worked through depression and mental illness,” Walker says. “You could say we faced some inner darkness and we’re always fighting to come out on the other end with a sense of gratitude. Life brings hardship and this album was meant to be an encouragement to keep on keepin’ on.”
Music has given Twin Bandit a platform to speak and it is one they use in the most endearing of ways – to share “a positive message to reflect our life outlook” and usher in a new echelon of hope. They are about to take Full Circle out on the road on a tour through Western Canada, and are already working on songs for another album that will continue to share “a message of hope.”
Full Circle is available October 6. Twin Bandit play St. James Hall on October 27.