Album review: Eve’s Twin Lover’s alluring music is accessible, welcoming

Evanston songwriter Tim Flood and his band, Eve’s Twin Lover, released a new album titled Stop Sending People to Kill Me on April 1. If you were lucky enough to have had a ticket to their near-sold-out prerelease performance at SPACE on Feb. 24, you already know how awesome their sound is.

(Jacket art by Tracey Stuckey)

This studio recording was produced by acclaimed Chicago producer Brian Deck, (Counting Crows, Modest Mouse). All 11 songs were written by the band’s front man, singer/songwriter/guitarist Tim Flood.

This is the third full studio recording for Eve’s Twin Lover, but the first produced in collaboration with Deck, a joint effort that took the band to better places. The result is a modern Indie sound, with beautifully layered vocal, guitar, percussion and keyboard, with synthesized textures.

Flood’s lead guitar and vocals are at times both haunting and accessible, owning the songs with heart and intimacy. Guitarist Will Phelan and drummer Jamie Gallagher bring enormous talent and decades of experience to bear on the recording. Vocalist (and violinist during live performances) Alex Voigt shares the vocal spotlight with Flood on a couple of cuts, including “Budgie Smuggler,” below, and together their harmonies are fresh and bright. Singer/songwriter Henry Predergast (formerly of Record Low and Permacough) also contributes to back vocals. Deck brought in Philip Patterson (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) to collaborate on keyboards as well.

The sound is tight, produced to excellence by Deck. The songs vary musically from melody to jam, and the recording holds together well around Flood’s deeper creative vision.

“Budgie Smuggler”

Think of your love like bees, feed the earth, we’re flowers blooming
Watch all of your judgements circle the drain, peel your fingers off them, you’re yearning yearning
Tomorrow, its the same, believe me
See the world in a grain of sand, heaven in a flower, eternity in an hour
See the world in a grain of sand, heaven in a flower, infinity in the palm of your hand
It’s all right there inside you, pull the man out of me …
Think of your love like trees, clean the earth, we’re pollen moving
Give up your love like it turns the earth, we’re spirits spinning, yearning yearning.

Eve’s Twin Lover (from left) Will Phelan, Alexandra Voight, John Noyes, Tim Flood and Phil Vickman at SPACE. (Photo by Noah Athas)

Flood has been a resident of Evanston for the last 20 years. While this recording was a solo project with regard to songwriting, considerable musical collaboration with his band transpired to reach the final product. He founded the band in 2011, and since that time, many changes have transpired as a few band members have come and gone and Flood has evolved as a musician and songwriter.