Originally from Australia, The Junkie Twins are comprised of two Brooklyn-based brothers who have been playing music together for most of their lives. The forthcoming album, All Things Future and Past, set to be released later this year, was written between 2017-2019 during the duo’s travels throughout Costa Rica, California, Paris, and Australia, with the majority produced in a dark and dingy Brooklyn studio.
All Things Future and Past is an expansion from the indie rock sound that defined their debut album Push to Exit, in contrast a more synthesised, beat-driven soundscape. Producer Willie Green helped incorporate elements of Hip Hop and R&B, with his background working with artists such as Billie Woods, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots and Armand Hammer, ultimately producing an indie-alternative-art-pop-rock album with sonic influences inspired by 2001 Space Odessy, Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Solange, Radiohead and Talking Heads.
The new material is a reflection of the relationship between the interior and exterior world. The album explores themes of comparison, control, alienation, unworthiness, ego, communication, distraction ideologies, from the past and into the future.
Bringing us a taste of their latest work, ‘Idolism [unfinished]’ is a song inspired by experience with the seductive lure of social media and the unfulfilling pursuit of external validation and idolisation of others. The song hits on how comparison to things outside of us moves us further away from our authentic self and distracts us from focusing on what truly fulfils us and brings meaning to our life.
A colourful song with an upbeat soundscape for processing these inward-facing lyrics. “We must destroy our idols, before they destroy you, before they take all of you.” ‘Idolism’ is the idea of seeing people we don’t know through the narrow lens of social media as more than human and seeking that same validation for ourselves. Offering punching rhythms which drive the fuzzed-out and distorted bass lines, reflective lyrics are delivered with emotive fervour as synth-laden instrumentation adds a joyously psychedelic twist.
Listen to Idolism [unfinished] below