The Figurants are taking a different look at the connection between twins with their latest single ‘Phantom Twin’. The track considers the impossible bond between identical twins born continents apart to different parents. It tracks the story of the emotional connection they have and the unknowing sharing of thoughts that cause erratic behaviour. The story is part of the larger ongoing tale that spans all their work including their album Indoor Worlds.
While part of a larger narrative, the single works perfectly on its own. The tale is captivating and uses the bands signature sounds to lead you to the inevitable end. This song is like those short stories that you can’t help but get caught up in and sticks with you for a long time after listening.
The guitar-driven opening of ‘Phantom Twin’ has a very stoner-rock vibe to it. This catchy melody leads you to McClure’s easy vocals and the start of the story. The driving beat of the melody pushes you through the tale and makes you move to the rhythm. While it works as a great thread to the song, the melody does not take away from the story of the lyrics.
This is one of those songs where you need to pay attention to the lyrics. The storytelling ability of the band is amazing and they set an intriguing tale for you to follow. The upbeat melody is a great counter to the somewhat dark lyrics giving you this amazing sonic experience.
The Figurants captivate you from the start of ‘Phantom Twin’ to the inevitably sad ending. Using a guitar-driven and somewhat lively melody, they weave a tale that you cannot stop listening to. Strangely, this is a single that you can listen to again and again without getting tired of it.