It’s that magical time of year in Cincinnati – the leaves are starting to change, the temperature is no longer on a scale of Scorched Earth to The Actual Surface of the Sun, and MidPoint Music Festival is once again upon us.
On Thursday, September 26th – the first of three nights of this year’s annual independent music festival – MOTR will host heartfelt, up and coming NYC electronica act Psychic Twin, along with locals Goose, and regionally located bands, Fort Shame from Columbus and Nerves Junior from Louisville. Taking place at one of more intimate venues involved, it’s difficult to think of a better act to close out the festival’s first night.
While Psychic Twin’s output has been minimal since the moniker’s inception – it started out and is still the musical outlet of Erin Fein, though she now has several collaborator’s and live musicians to fill out the line-up – what has been released is as sonically catchy as it is sinister, and as organic, heartfelt, and nuanced as it is synthesized and layered. Over the course of several 7” EP’s and a more recently released single, Psychic Twin has continued an evolution that proudly shows their 80’s New Wave roots while keeping an ear to the future.
The evening as a whole offers a wealth of talented local and regional musicians, as both Goose and Fort Shame are familiar faces to their respective scenes. Each has their own take on modern indie rock, and will start out the night with plenty of energy and passion. Having garnered quite a bit of attention for their debut release, Nerves Junior brings a darker, electronic aspect to their music that will make the transition to headliner Psychic Twin a bit more subtle, tying the various bands together to make a truly cohesive bit a programming.
I’m excited about all of the bands and musicians taking part in this year’s MPMF, but I admit to being just a little more curious about – maybe even enthralled by – what Psychic Twin will bring to our fair city. After a few listens to their hypnotic offerings, you’ll understand why.