Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos” and “tight harmonies,” Boston acoustic quartet Twisted Pine deftly reimagined seven pop, rock, and disco favorites on their Summer of 2018 release Dreams. They’re back tonight celebrating the release on vinyl, with an extra bonus track.
Twisted Pine wrote every song on their acclaimed, self-titled 2017 debut album. Then, after their mashup of Vulfpeck and father-of-bluegrass Bill Monroe went viral, they turned to Sam Kassirer of Great North Sound Society (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Elephant Revival) to record inspired interpretations of Blondie, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and others.
Though steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Each member impresses on their own, but the ensemble playing and arrangements, incorporating tasteful hints of percussion and keyboards, create a sound that is more than the sum of its parts. Even when Twisted Pine plays the music of legends, what you hear most of all is their singular voice.