Twinset (formerly known as The Spider Men) hooked up at the start of their second year at the then Wellington Polytechnic Conservatorium of Music in 1996. Their first gig was at a warehouse party along with various Goth bands who splattered themselves in blood – needless to say, they were in suits & ties.
Since then this fine trio have been a regular live feature in Wellington, going under a variety of names (Los Tigres Del Norte, Moose Head etc) until Leon Matterhorn had the honour of eventually naming them Twinset.
As individual musicians, the members of Twinset are all much in demand and can frequently be found moonlighting with other capital city combos, from Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Eggs, The Sribes Of Ra, The Black Seeds and Deva Mahal and the Five Pleasures to folk-parodists Flight Of The Conchords.
Over five albums and countless gigs Twinset have grown an audience throughout New Zealand and around the globe. 'Flavour Country' is Twinset’s sixth CD, and finds the group laying out its usual persuasive grooves, while expanding into unexplored territories. At one extreme there is 'Space Legion', where eastern modes meet Martian soundscapes in an expansive yet beautifully controlled sixteen-minute jam.
And, as on previous albums, a few friends and colleagues have sat in on 'Flavour Country'. There’s The Phoenix Foundation’s Will Ricketts, whose percussion can be heard throughout the album, meshing with Hoskins’ drums to make this the rhythmically richest Twinset album yet. Toby Laing, from Fat Freddy’s Drop, brings his baritone horn, adding ballast to 'Birds Of Beltion' and 'Storms Boogaloo'.
And there’s The Black Seeds' Barnaby Weir, who blends his white chocolate vocals with the creamy tones of Lisa Tomlins on the album’s one non-instrumental: a reading of the Billy Joel standard 'Just The Way You Are'. Like everything else on 'Flavour Country', it is soulful, surprising, and couldn’t be anyone but Twinset, who have taken a near-forgotten sub-genre, given it a fresh breath of Wellington air, and made it their own.
Christopher Yeabsley (organ)
Daniel Yeabsley (saxophone)
Paul Hoskin (drums)
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Twinset : Mystical Soul
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2003 7:53 am
Twinset are delighted to announce the release of their fourth album, Mystical Soul, with LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa. Following the success of 2002 album It's A Summer Feeling, which saw them gaining a nomination for Best Jazz Album at the New Zealand Music Awards 2003, the Wellington three-piece began work on Mystical Soul in February 2003.
Recorded at 'The Surgery' in Newtown, Wellington, organist Chris Yeabsley, twin brother Dan Yeabsley on sax/flute and Paul Hoskin on drums present vocal collaborations with such luminaries of the Wellington massive as Lotus, The Black Seeds frontman Barnaby Weir and Dallas of Fat Freddy's Drop fame. Lotus' unassuming vocal appears on 'Before Me', while Barnaby's vocal offering is a gently funky remake of Bobby Hebb's 'Sunny'. Dallas' luscious tones serve to further enhance an already 'Sweet Thing'.
With engineering by Dr Lee Prebble (The Black Seeds/Phoenix Foundation), and Mu of Fat Freddy's Drop providing his magic touch on mixing and mastering duties, Mystical Soul lacks for nothing, and is a smooth taste of the popsicle-chill dub-tinged jazz flavour that is Twinset. How would we describe it? Wide groove new jazz.
With smooth grooves, strong leadlines and a palpably warm texture, Mystical Soul is a heady concoction of lounge and jazz styles, gently infused with dub and soul to create an album of essential urban listening.
In all good record stores now!
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