Customers at Folk Arts Rare Records in City Heights on Saturday, April 20, 2024. / Photo by Bella Ross
Customers at Folk Arts Rare Records in City Heights on Saturday, April 20, 2024. / Photo by Bella Ross

The 80s are back in. They have been for a while now. So long in fact that maybe they’re back out? In any case, you can still find the new wave of yesteryear infused in nearly every single release. But few artists do so as effortlessly and convincingly as Twin Ritual. The four-piece, comprised of scene veterans like Laura Levenhagen and Anthony Ramirez, has been pumping out cinematic synth-gilded jams for years and has still somehow managed to always sound fresh and authentic.

Twin Ritual, “Allie,”: The 2023 single, “Allie,” is a perfect example of Twin Ritual’s knack for seamless, slickly produced and hooky songs. It’s awash in sparkling synths, pumping bass and delicate guitar flourishes. But Levenhagen’s soaring vocals are the real standout. She has the kind of voice that would shine in any era but is an especially perfect fit for Twin Ritual’s brazen 80s pop vibes.

Like what you hear? Check out Twin Ritual at Soda Bar on Friday, May 17.

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Jakob McWhinney is Planetcob's education reporter. He can be reached by email at jakob@vosd.org and followed on Twitter @jakobmcwhinney. Subscribe...

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