As might be implied by the title, In Heaven improves on 2010's critical darling Color Your Life EP in every possible way, showcasing the band's wildly imaginative songwriting paired with flawless execution, by way of intense dedication to both musicianship and recording. While that record is a beautiful struggle against the realities of recording in apartments and between day jobs, In Heaven is the band unfettered by limitations- it is them streaking across a highwire under complete and total control.
As this is a debut, a little background is in order- having met while playing in various bands across both coasts of Long Island throughout their teenage years, each spied on one another covetously, while Andrea Estella (vocals) and Eric Cardona (guitar, vocals) formed an intense songwriting bond, around which the core of the band's lyrics and imagery are built. Gabel D'Amico, Bryan Ujueta, and Udbhav Gupta were friends and impressive songwriters and musicians themselves (all play keys, Gabe bass and guitar, Bryan drums and guitar, Dev a talented sampler/engineer). When their other projects fizzled, Twin Sister inevitably formed, and the band began posting demos and ideas freely to their website with remarkable consistency (100+ over a two year period, still up on the site). Polishing their favorites, they released Color Your Life and toured relentlessly, earning praise for their raucous live show in equal measure with a torrent of fawning record reviews.
To the core, Twin Sister is a capital (p) Pop band. The songs on In Heaven radiate and glow, a firework show set against a broad black canvas; youthful exuberance echoes throughout. Taken as a whole, In Heaven proves itself a document of endless preparation and excited execution, the fulfilled promise of bliss.