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- Posted on Jun 5th 2008 12:00PM by Julia Simon
For all their effort spent upstage singing other peoples' tunes, the Watson Twins are proving to be prolific songwriters. For debut full-length, 'Fire Songs,' Chandra and Leigh penned 30 songs between the two of them, which they whittled down to a select eleven. "We had a handful of tracks that were either two acoustic guitars or really instrumental and they just didn't fit," Leigh says, explaining how they ultimately selected the album's line up. "But mostly, we didn't want to bore anyone with two hours of our music."
This folky set has enough going on to stave off ennui, though: there's a torchy slow-burner ('Only You'), a horn-fueled shuffle ('Map to Where You Are') and a loping, twangy cover of the Cure's 'Just Like Heaven.' But what each song does boast is an impressive warmth, which Leigh attributes to recording in analog at the studio Elliott Smith built (where there are, the singer reveals, "some definite ghosts in the boards.") And each track has a weighty narrative, exploring themes like emotional and physical bruises on 'Lady Love Me' or disengagement from an abusive relationship on 'Dig a Little Deeper.'
"These are story-telling songs, and not celebratory at that," Leigh explained. But, as the title alludes, they lend themselves to a fireside session. "These songs carry emotions that we all have, so they create this listening environment. We don't perform the songs so much as we share them."