released Feb 9th, 2010

from the album - U N Me

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Twin sisters Chandra Watson and Leigh Watson are daughters of the Deep South whose music crosses the divide between country traditions and contemporary roots music. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, the Watson Twins took up singing when they were young girls, following the example of their mother, who would sing along with her favorite tunes around the house. In 1998, Chandra and Leigh pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles in hopes of making a career in music. They spent several years as backup singers with a popular local band and became fixtures on the hip music scene in Silverlake, where they performed with acts such as Orphan Train, Joe Firstman, and Rilo Kiley. The Watson Twins also began writing their own material and arranging the work of others to suit their unique harmonies, occasionally playing shows under the name "Black Swan."

Already well-known in L.A., the Watson Twins got a significant career boost when Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis invited the girls to sing harmonies on her solo debut. The result, 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat, was a major indie success that drew nearly as much attention to the Watson Twins as it did to Lewis. The sisters followed up such success with a recording of their own, Southern Manners, a self-released eight-song EP that gave Chandra and Leigh greater room to explore their perspective on rural American music. The disc sold well during the group's tour, where they sold out major venues in Southern California and traveled the country both as a headliner and as an opening act for Magnolia Electric Co.. After signing with Vanguard Records, the Watson Twins released their first full-length album, Fire Songs, in 2008, with Talking to You, Talking to Me following two years later.

album review

The Watson Twins know how to set a mood, whether they’re shaping the country-soul of Jenny Lewis’ Rabbit Fur Coat or the Southern slow-burn of their own material. Released four years after their breakthrough performance with Lewis, however, this sophomore album finds the sisters struggling to write songs as evocative as their own voices. Talking to You, Talking to Me takes its cues from the right sources -- including Carole King’s solo material and the darker, twangier side of the Laurel Canyon scene -- and features contributions from a sparse, top-notch band populated by members of My Morning Jacket and Everest. The sisterly harmonies and country-tinged arrangements are pleasant enough, but they focus on atmosphere at the expense of melody, a move that leaves the listener emotionally stirred but unable to recall a single melody after the disc’s conclusion. Songs like “Give Me a Chance,” "Midnight," and “Harpeth River” are exceptions to the rule, but Talking to You ultimately focuses on what’s already been established -- the power of the Watson Twins’ voices -- rather than the group’s potential as songwriters.

Track Listing

1 Modern Man Watson Twins 3:35
2 Harpeth River Watson Twins 2:55
3 Forever Me Watson Twins 4:46
4 Midnight Watson Twins 5:36
5 Savin' You Watson Twins 3:00
6 Brave One Watson Twins 3:02
7 Devil in You Watson Twins 3:15
8 Snow Canyons Watson Twins 2:46
9 Tell Me Why Watson Twins 3:05
10 Calling Out Watson Twins 2:46
11 Give Me a Chance Watson Twins 2:43
12 U N Me Watson Twins 2:21