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2010 debut release from the Alt-Rock trio formed in Cape Town, South Africa. The band consists of brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and lifelong friend Richard Wouters. Civil Twilight were influenced by British and American Alternative music they heard while growing up, which explains why they sound very different from their South African contemporaries. Their music is expansive and atmospheric, at once lush, feverish and exotic like a jungle with the vast spaciousness of a desert.
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In this their debut album, Civil Twilight had several songs that received great amounts of play on television and in movies. This album contains "Letters from the Sky", which Wiki credits with having been in at least 15 television series episodes and/or movies, from WW E Promoss to One Tree Hill. Several other Civil Twilight songs have been used in films and television.
I also recommend their second album, "Holy Weather" and their song "How Am I Supposed to Die?" From the B-grade horror/action film .Underworld: Awakening. (I don't watch that genre of film; if you don't agree with the B-grade label, blame it on my brother telling me about it.)
My favorites: Soldier, On The Surface, Human, Quiet In MY Town and Stolen.
Civil Twilight has crafted a masterful debut album that should make the world stand up and take notice! Its three members are all very talented and wrench gorgeous, evocative music from their instruments like they were just born to play. The vocals soars beautifully and are really a perfect match for everything else going on.
This is modern rock at its finest: somehow both baroque and streamlined at the same time. Comparisons to Radiohead, U2 and even Jeff Buckley are inevitable, but Civil Twilight is definitely unique.
I would recommend this album to anyone, and I can't wait to see what this band will do next.