Twin Within

Story

Twin Within began in the springtime. Outdoors is where Steve McKay and Alex Samaras started rehearsing. Everything opens up when you play outside, so they set out to make a record with an “outdoor” sound.

Steve and Alex have strikingly similar timbre, and their voices blend seamlessly. It’s often difficult to tell them apart. Similar to how The Beach Boys were meant to sing together, Steve and Alex’s voices have a natural affinity beyond technical ability. There is a trust, and an understanding, that exists between them. They want to be surprised and challenged. Twin Within follow in the tradition of the Righteous Brothers, Walker Brothers, or Simon & Garfunkel, but there’s something uniquely current about their sound.

The album is a subtle convergence of meticulously crafted arrangements with spontaneous single takes, expertly co-produced with string & wind arrangements by Kirk Starkey.

Steve McKay comes from a long line of drummers: uncles, grandfathers, fathers, and great-grandfathers. He has had many chances to live out his percussive destiny with the likes of Tusks, Allie X and especially as the percussive force behind Bruce Peninsula.

But girls like songs, so he learned how to play other instruments and write songs. Twin Within is a record of classic pop songs. Steve plays celeste, tic-tac bass, and baritone guitar on the record, in addition to the layers of percussion he is known for. Steve’s 5+ years of experience touring with Canadian baroque giants Tafelmusik subconsciously creeps into the way he arranges Twin Within’s instrumentals.

Alex Samaras does not stop singing. In any given week, you can hear him Tuvan throat singing with his vocal ensemble GREX, as well as singing back-up in Toronto’s favourite Motown band, The Big Sound. He has also spent time in New York City, working with contemporary arts icon Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble to perform in-concert versions of Monk’s work through multi-disciplinary performances. Alex currently leads his own trio covering forgotten songs from Broadway.

With Twin Within, Alex’s vocals enhance the arrangements with the same depth and originality that an Owen Pallet string arrangement would. His contributions are not mere background vocals, but essential to the sound of the whole record. Two trees rest somewhere between the expanse of the sky and the firm ground below. They sing songs directly to you, but the tunes reverberate to the heavens above. It’s Twin Within.

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Media

Press

01-13-2016

Pet Sun, For Esmé, Programm, The Dirty Nil, Spells Of Vertigo, Twin Within, and The Holy Gasp make Do416’s best songs list.

So much goodness.

01-13-2016

Twin Within cover “Stairway to Heaven” in a major key in this new Southern Souls video.

09-23-2015

Fantastic new review of Twin Within’s debut LP at YourMusicBlog

09-10-2015

Twin Within interview on I Heart Hamilton Tour.

All their dirty secrets exposed!

08-05-2015

Twin Within’s “Bernie” get the nod at 3am Revelations.

07-23-2015

Mark Anthony Brennan reviews the new Twin Within LP at Ride the Tempo.

“They carve out their own territory, creating as distinctive a sound in 2015 as The Beach Boys did back in the early 1960s.”  

07-23-2015

Twin Within making the rounds. Up on Alan Cross Official’s “New Music From The Inbox”.

07-23-2015

NewCanadianMusic.ca reviews new Twin Within LP.

“The results evident on debut album Horizontal Lines are truly impressive.”  

07-23-2015

Indie Minded features the new single from Twin Within.

Debut album “Horizontal Lunes” is out now on Hidden Pony Records!

07-15-2015

CBC Music names Twin Within’s “Bernie” one of the “Songs You Need To Hear”.

First LP “Horizontal Lines” is out now!

07-15-2015

Fantastic review of the new Twin Within record at Fourculture.

“Horizontal Lines” is out now on Hidden Pony Records.

07-15-2015

To celebrate the new Twin Within release Pretty Good Music premiered the track ‘Tunnel to the Reservoir’.

Listen at the link!

07-15-2015

Get introduced to Twin Within at The Indie Machine.

Their debut album “Horizontal Lines” is out tomorrow on Hidden Pony Records

07-15-2015

Twin Within “Bernie” up on Quick Before It Melts.

Unstoppable combo.

07-15-2015

Twin Within’s first single ‘Bernie’ is up on Elite Muzik.

Debut album ‘Horizontal Lines’ is out July 10th.

07-15-2015

Plug in Baby! takes you into the weekend with glory that is Twin Within.

07-15-2015

The debut single from Twin Within is featured at Stagedive Malta.

“There’s something about Twin Within’s Bernie which is making me press the repeat button. In essence it’s a sparse bare bones acoustic tune, however it isn’t introspective and broody. Rather there’s a certain amount of pep, a sort of melody that you can skip to.”  

07-15-2015

With Guitars has the details on the new Twin Within single!

WithGuitars.com has alllllllll the details on the new Twin Within single. ALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

07-15-2015

Twin Within feature up on The Aussie Word!

New Twin Within is a must listen! Check out “Bernie” at The Aussie Word now.

07-15-2015

New Twin Within single up on Eat Sleep Breathe Music.

Listen to “Bernie” at the link!

07-15-2015

Indie Shuffle premieres Twin Within’s new track “Bernie”!

PREMIERE! Unbelievably excited to finally get to share this stunning track from Twin Within! Head to Indie Shuffle for the first listen of ‘Bernie’!