Cult Scots The Twilight Sad are used to leaving heads spinning and ears ringing with their towering live shows, so last September and January’s sessions at Glasgow’s Òran Mór proved a striking departure.
Setting their mountainous din aside, the performances saw the core duo of James Graham and Andy McFarlane turn in a stark acoustic set. based largely around last year’s career-best LP Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave.
Characterised by Graham’s captivating brogue, the songs only gain intensity in their new stripped-back format, revelling in their endearing emotional pull and lyrical mystique.
Naturally, some work better than others, but those which do pull through are worth the price alone.
Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, for instance, is revealed as one of their most affecting moments minus its somewhat choking noise backdrop, while the National-like It Never Was The Same thrives, as most ballads do, without any excess baggage.
The other selling point is a cover of Arthur Russell’s I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face in which McFarlane swaps guitar for accordion; a lovely close to a disparate and intriguing stop-gap. 7/10. AW