This October, almost a year since the release of their fourth album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave, Scotland’s The Twilight Sad return with the Òran Mór Session LP: a collection of reworked, stripped-back versions of tracks from the album, b-sides and a cover of Arthur Russell’s ‘I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face’. The sessions are available on October 16th, 2015, on CD, vinyl and digital download.
Recorded in Glasgow’s Òran Mór auditorium, a popular arts and entertainment spot in the west of the city, away from the boozier throes of the venue’s lower levels, the set was initially released – in abridged form as an EP – to coincide with the band’s late 2014 and early 2015 tour dates. Now with an assortment of additional tracks, the band are proud to give the sessions a wider physical release for the first time via their longterm home FatCat Records. The album topped Drowned in Sound’s best albums of 2014 and earning a rare perfect ten from the site and ranked third in Popmatters’ indie rock albums of the year.
Here, we see the skeletons of the songs that comprised the bulk of Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave presented as they were initially composed: stark, unadorned and with their melodies laid open and their meanings made clear; a chance to hear another side to these newest additions to the band’s repertoire but also to revisit what made the originals so special in the first place.