The Last Royals: Twistification

This Brooklyn duo has a lot to offer. Singer, songwriter and producer Eric James paired up with drummer Mason Ingram in early 2010. Evolving their musical tastes and blending them together created a unique sound, to say the least. They describe their music as “Urban walking music,” and it’s hard to disagree.

The intro, titled “Winter Waltz,” leaves the listener wondering how the album will progress. The second track is slightly surprising, considering how calm the intro was. Regardless, “Friday Night” is one to mention. Its upbeat tempo and ‘80s synthesizer add some welcomed spunk to this song. One thing is for sure on this release in that the guitar is always fairly simple, but it works for them. Once you add in some programming and keys, it all comes together. Without the effects and vocals from James, the album wouldn’t be the same.

If you want some funky, upbeat jams, check out “Good Day Radio” and “Wake Up.” If your ears crave more of a pop vibe, check out “Crystal Vases” and “Only The Brave,” which has been made available to the public online for now, but fans will have to wait a little while to hear some more. Their three-song teaser album was recently released, however, keeping fans patiently waiting for the 2013 release of Twistification.

This record has a little bit for everybody. There are slower songs as the album comes to a close, such as “Always, To Belong” and “I Hate California.” Then the duo surprises you again with the closing tune, “Barefoot Winter Waltz.” I expected another funky listen. Instead, a rock song, full of hard-hitting drums and gritty vocals, greeted me. This album is, without a doubt, a strong contender for 2013. It’s fun, upbeat, versatile, and likeable, all without doing anything too crazy. This duo is a fantastic pair, but you’ll have to wait until next year to find out.

In A Word: Unexpected