By Adam Deane
VANCOUVER – Vancouver has just about everything creatives could possibly need within a short radius — salt water, dreary overhanging cloud cover, thick fog, caffeine around every corner, and the ability to circumvent reality (and your day job) and disappear into forested hills. Just ask Becky Wosk and Emmalee Watts of Hollow Twin; they’ve taken to shining a light on the infamous, ever-present darkness Vancouverites are quite familiar with.
Playing what the band likes to call “dark folk,” Wosk and Watts have made their mark with a sound reminiscent of a simpler time, channeling all of the gripping peculiarities of the nature that exists in and around our little corner of Canada on their latest EP, The River Saw Everything.
Although the EP was structured around processing the human condition in all of its beautiful sickness, the tracks are as free-flowing as the Chilliwack River they were written next to, rich with elements of nature, grief, and loss.
“I just feel that the shade can sometimes be more truthful and real than the light, and it’s not something to be afraid of,” Watts stresses.
“I’ve always felt like I’ve been here before, maybe older, connected to the darker side of things. It’s something I can’t quite explain – just a gut feeling, [an] instinct,” Wosk adds.
For two young, local students with day jobs, they’ve caught everything life has thrown their way and spiked it into the ground in a fit of dark, folky rage. Luckily for us, they’ve chosen to share the by-product in a tight little package.
Hollow Twin play the Biltmore Cabaret on January 26.
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