Twin Sister seemed entirely comfortable playing on an LES rooftop under the vast sky at dusk on Friday. Threats of thunderstorms? No matter. Hundreds of people not necessarily there for the music? Big deal. It’s not like they haven’t played rooftops before: a few weeks back, the dreamy, stealthily funky band played on another rooftop in Greenpoint and, just a week before that, at a tortilla factory and taqueria in Bushwick. But this show–the kick off to a new season of the popular Rooftop Films Summer Series–at New Design High School may have been the biggest the band ever played. The roof held acres of people surrounded by walls covered in graffiti; as the band performed, the smell of grilled burgers and dogs filled the air.
For over 30 minutes the band entertained the crowd with songs from their upcoming debut LP, Color Your Life, out on May 25 on Infinite Best Recordings. The highlight of the set was their closer, “The Other Side of Your Face,” an epic composition with a long intro that builds for so long it started morphing from a pop song into a full-on experimental jam. The song relies on the power of singer Andrea Estella–she performed barefoot–who, tonight, looks like a tiny package with a ribbon on top:
Estella sings with a low, luscious alto that inspires the most desperate kind of yearning, and on Friday, her acolytes were out in full force.