“Do Hollywood,” the Lemon Twigs’ first studio album, is classified under glam, baroque, psychedelic, progressive and power pop. An unforeseen blending of instruments, such as the raw twinges of the harpsichord in “Haroomata” and the subtle strums of an acoustic guitar in “As Long as We’re Together,” emphasize the Twigs’ wacky and uncommon style.
Michael and Brian D’Addario, two brothers from Hicksville, New York, began playing as a musical duo in 2015. They released their debut album in 2016, and the D’Addario brothers wrote almost all of the tracks themselves. The brothers’ personal style is reflective of their music: an eclectic blend of classic ‘70s clothing and a more modern day approach.
“It was almost eerie seeing two young adults at my desk who look an awful lot like I and many of my friends did back around 1970,” Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Things Considered wrote about the Twigs. “It’s uncanny, almost as if Brian and Michael have been somehow shielded from the 21st century. But the truth is, they look and sound a lot like they do because they live in a world where everything is at their fingertips, where they can dive deep down and explore and create a niche.”
Arguably the Twigs’ most well known song, “I Wanna Prove to You,” is perfect to introduce the album, with its lighthearted beats pulsating throughout the whole song. The Twigs use a more unconventional approach in their music, with an unpredictable melody that changes multiple times throughout the song. The two verses in “I Wanna Prove to You” mirror each other in rhythm and melody with the lyrics varying.
There is something oddly familiar about the chorus of “I Wanna Prove to You” that is hard to grasp; it seems like the song is almost playing in slow motion. In a way, it still resembles the main melody and beat of the rest of the song, but the catchy earworm of a chorus highlights the D’Addario brothers’ sweet legato vocals better than the rest of the song.
For me, the song most representative of the Twigs’ music and personal style is “Those Days Is Comin’ Soon.” When I first listened to “Do Hollywood,” I would immediately skip this song because the first six notes of the song seemed to clash, and the rattling notes of the snare drum reminded me of a circus band. But once I listened to the song all the way through, I realized how unique of a song it truly is. It rolls into a steady foot tapping beat from a drum, but it does not stay throughout the whole song; like the Twigs’ other tracks on “Do Hollywood,” the beat and melody change at different points in the song. It is hard to trace where each individual verse, the chorus, and the bridge are highlighted in “Those Days Is Comin’ Soon” — a common theme among the Twigs’ songs.
The last 30 seconds of the song are my favorite. A musical suspense is built, and the melody is stripped down to raw notes from the drums, eventually becoming more and more intense, until finally, the familiar chorus comes around again. In most of the Twigs’ songs on “Do Hollywood,” they strip away the complicated beats they build up throughout the song to make it seem like the song is coming to an end. Then, for the home stretch, the chorus repeats, leaving a sweet reminiscing summary of the song.
When Listening to “Those Days Is Comin’ Soon,” or any track on “Do Hollywood,” it is guaranteed to keep you on your toes to anticipate the changes in each song. Like any good album, it features slow ballads that follow the contrasting upbeat tracks. The D’Addario brothers paved a new road for alternative music with their 2016 debut album.