“A Moment Out of Time” (LP) by Twilight Muse

Coming at us in waves of uneven rhythm that collide into one another to form something quite twisted and beautiful at the same time, there’s no stopping Twilight Muse’s “Electrify Me” once it gets started. One of the cornerstones of the band’s new album A Moment Out of Time, “Electrify Me” attacks us with a spellbinding surrealism that gets stronger with each passing beat. Although steeped in the dark post-punk of 80’s rock and yet never sounding quite like the throwback you would expect it to be, this track is sublimely sleek and beholden to no comparisons with old-school sonic elements; this is a snapshot of who the twosome known as Twilight Muse truly is, and it’s a fine one, to say the least.

The various guitars tend to dominate the mix throughout this record, but in my view, there’s nothing wrong with that. Considering the grand pummeling that everything from an acoustic backdrop in “Dreamspace” and “Oh Mama” to “Are You In?” and “Forever” contains in A Moment Out of Time, I can’t see anyone convincing Twilight Muse that righteous strumming isn’t the best means of communicating their emotions to the world around them. They’ve got warmth and sheer strength where others are falling short, which gives them a boost with puritan types this summer.

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I noticed in my first sit-down with A Moment Out of Time that the bassline in “Electrify Me,” “Oh Mama,” and “Destination You” is a little subtle for the big picture, yet the music is as heavy as it gets outside of straight hard rock. In avoiding the temptation to source their beef from the same place that the competition would, Twilight Muse is further distinguishing themselves from both the mainstream and an independent market that is becoming equally unfocused in recent times. This pair means business, and that’s obvious even in the most cursory of listening sessions with A Moment Out of Time.

There’s an underlying progressive influence to “Forever,” “Are You In?” and “Audacious,” the closing trio in the LP, which I would like to hear Twilight Muse explore a little more in their next album. Though there’s an argument to be made that they shouldn’t waste any time getting back into the studio, I wouldn’t rush things if I were this duo. They’re onto something really good in A Moment Out of Time, and in my experience, it’s better to let the creative juices simmer in the wake of a release like this one than it is to get back into the swing of things ASAP.

One-part postmodern and another part straightforward and melody-centric, Twilight Muse is a budding alternative juggernaut of a pairing with a lot of potentials ahead of them. I’ve been listening to a lot of experimental content out of the New York indie circuit in the last year, but this is a record that doesn’t ask nearly as much out of its audiences in exchange for aural wealth as some of the other LPs I’ve been reviewing in 2023 have. Twilight Muse is the real article, and if that wasn’t known before now, it will be thanks to A Moment Out of Time.

Anne Hollister

Anne Hollister

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