Twin Fin – Whiskey Wine and Venom Love
Offering a spirited take on swing, Twin Fin’s “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love” is a radiant joy that lets it all out. Vocals lead the way, courtesy of Dana Hartman’s playful delivery. Her mastery of the guitar, alongside Paul Wickerson, gives the entire album an almost Tarantino soundtrack kind of cool. Nicely anchoring the album is the undeniable talent of Eric Roelofsen on upright bass and Brad “Lavard” Ondrovcik on drums. Of course the cherry on top of all of this are the impressive chops of Cole G. Benjamin on saxophone. Together they create an unstoppable force one that refuses to let up.
“Jungle Room” starts the album off with the perfect kind of jazz guitar leading the way. With a giddy sort of energy, the song bounces through with a nimble rhythm helping to drive the song forward. Nicely following up on “Jungle Room” is the infinitely celebratory “Devil Girl Stomp”. Effortlessly merging rock and swing is the stylish “Rocco Perri”. Amazing saxophone work defines the tasteful, grandiose work of “City of Sin”. By far the highlight of the collection is the lounge inflection of the title track “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love”. Starting off slow the song builds in intensity before settling into a jaunty jazz groove. Western twang comes into full view on the spacious “Straight Six and Four on the Floor”. Ending things on a high note is the energetic “Jalopy”.
Truly unique in combining such a plethora of styles and sounds, Twin Fin’s “Whiskey Wine and Venom Love” rocks pure and simple.