Civil Twilight

Stay Up To Date

Sorry, there was an error with your request.
Sorry, there was an error with your request.
You are subscribed to new release e-mails for Civil Twilight.
You are no longer subscribed to new release e-mails for Civil Twilight.
Sorry, there was an error with your request.
Please wait...

Top Albums by Civil Twilight



All music downloads by Civil Twilight
Sort by:
Bestselling
1-10 of 38
Song Title Album Prime  
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30
30

Listen to full songs


Videos


Image of Civil Twilight
Provided by the artist or their representative


At a Glance

Formed: 1996 (19 years ago)


Biography

Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Three parts Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, "Holy Weather" is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in their vast musical desert for you to ... Read more

Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Three parts Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, "Holy Weather" is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in their vast musical desert for you to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always bestows the missing piece of the musical puzzle, while Andrew’s guitar alongside their newest addition of Kevin on the keyboards and vocal harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape, is haunting yet soothing at the same time.

Steven, Andrew, and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and have been best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew's mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the band grew tired of their surroundings and soon relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina, after which Steven, Andrew, and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years later Nashville has become their home, where they met Kevin Daley and were so taken by his talent and artistic nature that they invited him to join Civil Twilight. Holy Weather was written in part to explore the nature and culture of the people of Nashville.

The writing process also shifted on Holy Weather from Civil Twilight's first release. When Steven started writing songs for their follow-up album, he used the most powerful tool at his disposal: nostalgia. “When you’re constantly in motion, you can’t sit down and spend hours looking at something; you don’t have time to really absorb what you’re going through so you absorb subconsciously and write about it later as you reflect on it. There’s a difference between actually being in the moment, writing about it as it affects you, than when it’s flashing through your memory later on.”

This new approach to songwriting proved more challenging. However, all four members agreed that they wanted to craft an album that was a real test to play, not in terms of technique but in terms of exploring a longing that they hadn't been able to discover on the previous record.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country. This year, they have been touring relentlessly, making festivals tops with bands like The Dave Matthews Band, Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Afghan Whigs. This fall Civil Twilight will embark on a nationwide tour with Mutemath.

Most of the songs are intangible to the listener. Every song is written from a different character’s perspective; Steven taps into fictional personae, inspired by real-life people he’s met and wonders how they’d adapt to certain situations. Put yourself into a Civil Twilight song and you’ll find yourself in a world where it’s not quite dark, yet not quite light, but exactly the place you want to be.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Three parts Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, "Holy Weather" is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in their vast musical desert for you to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always bestows the missing piece of the musical puzzle, while Andrew’s guitar alongside their newest addition of Kevin on the keyboards and vocal harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape, is haunting yet soothing at the same time.

Steven, Andrew, and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and have been best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew's mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the band grew tired of their surroundings and soon relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina, after which Steven, Andrew, and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years later Nashville has become their home, where they met Kevin Daley and were so taken by his talent and artistic nature that they invited him to join Civil Twilight. Holy Weather was written in part to explore the nature and culture of the people of Nashville.

The writing process also shifted on Holy Weather from Civil Twilight's first release. When Steven started writing songs for their follow-up album, he used the most powerful tool at his disposal: nostalgia. “When you’re constantly in motion, you can’t sit down and spend hours looking at something; you don’t have time to really absorb what you’re going through so you absorb subconsciously and write about it later as you reflect on it. There’s a difference between actually being in the moment, writing about it as it affects you, than when it’s flashing through your memory later on.”

This new approach to songwriting proved more challenging. However, all four members agreed that they wanted to craft an album that was a real test to play, not in terms of technique but in terms of exploring a longing that they hadn't been able to discover on the previous record.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country. This year, they have been touring relentlessly, making festivals tops with bands like The Dave Matthews Band, Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Afghan Whigs. This fall Civil Twilight will embark on a nationwide tour with Mutemath.

Most of the songs are intangible to the listener. Every song is written from a different character’s perspective; Steven taps into fictional personae, inspired by real-life people he’s met and wonders how they’d adapt to certain situations. Put yourself into a Civil Twilight song and you’ll find yourself in a world where it’s not quite dark, yet not quite light, but exactly the place you want to be.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Three parts Africa and one part Nashville, Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, "Holy Weather" is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012.

Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in their vast musical desert for you to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always bestows the missing piece of the musical puzzle, while Andrew’s guitar alongside their newest addition of Kevin on the keyboards and vocal harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape, is haunting yet soothing at the same time.

Steven, Andrew, and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and have been best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew's mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the band grew tired of their surroundings and soon relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina, after which Steven, Andrew, and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years later Nashville has become their home, where they met Kevin Daley and were so taken by his talent and artistic nature that they invited him to join Civil Twilight. Holy Weather was written in part to explore the nature and culture of the people of Nashville.

The writing process also shifted on Holy Weather from Civil Twilight's first release. When Steven started writing songs for their follow-up album, he used the most powerful tool at his disposal: nostalgia. “When you’re constantly in motion, you can’t sit down and spend hours looking at something; you don’t have time to really absorb what you’re going through so you absorb subconsciously and write about it later as you reflect on it. There’s a difference between actually being in the moment, writing about it as it affects you, than when it’s flashing through your memory later on.”

This new approach to songwriting proved more challenging. However, all four members agreed that they wanted to craft an album that was a real test to play, not in terms of technique but in terms of exploring a longing that they hadn't been able to discover on the previous record.

Civil Twilight spent the better part of the last year on tour playing the likes of Bonnaroo and Voodoo Fest, opening for acts like Smashing Pumpkins and Florence & The Machine, and headlining their own shows across the country. This year, they have been touring relentlessly, making festivals tops with bands like The Dave Matthews Band, Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Afghan Whigs. This fall Civil Twilight will embark on a nationwide tour with Mutemath.

Most of the songs are intangible to the listener. Every song is written from a different character’s perspective; Steven taps into fictional personae, inspired by real-life people he’s met and wonders how they’d adapt to certain situations. Put yourself into a Civil Twilight song and you’ll find yourself in a world where it’s not quite dark, yet not quite light, but exactly the place you want to be.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Improve This Page

If you’re the artist, you can update your biography, photos, videos, and more at Artist Central.

Get started at Artist Central

Feedback

Check out our Artist Stores FAQ
Send us feedback about this page