Psychic Twin – Strange Diary
Let’s get this out right away – this album is beautiful. I like discussing the opening track to the album, because for me personally it is the most important track. It’s what first hits your ears, so its necessary to give the audience the best indicator of what they’re going to be getting into. “Heart Divided” is the instrumental prologue, dark and inviting, full of mystery. It’s as unsettling as it is beautiful, and that is a great assessment for the rest of the album.
Erin Fein’s vocals are dreamlike and haunting in each track. It’s impossible to not be entranced by this fairy queen. Her cited influences include Cocteau Twins and Siouxsie Sioux. You can hear both in this album. You don’t dance so much to Strange Diary, rather sway rhythmically back and forth, hypnotized by the alluring vocals and ghostly synths.
I’ve always felt like the goth and pop genres should meet somewhere in the middle, and this album realizes that dream beautifully. Even with the synths and handclaps, there are still moments that could have been taken straight from a Banshees album. It’s dark and airy all at once; a beautiful daydream. Absolutely recommended for your next hexing ritual.