For a venue so incredibly small, The Prince Albert can fit an impressive number of people. A few weeks back, Titus Andronicus packed out its dark room above the bar, not far from Brighton Station. Tonight, it’s their fellow countrymen Twin Sister’s turn to stake a claim for possibly putting on bands of this size in a slightly bigger venue – though as a Brighton-newbie, perhaps this is a practise I will grow accustomed to. First band Sea Dog open to an already busy venue (although most probably didn’t expect the first of two support bands to not start until 9), the four-piece aren’t overly exciting but are entertaining and interesting enough. Not easily pinned down to one genre alone, tonight at least, the Brighton band (or more an ongoing project of guitarist and vocalist Mark, according to MySpace) experimenting with a combination of elements of guitar-led psychedelia, folk, pop, and rock – with drizzles of harmonies, glockenspiel, and subtle synth buzz. The Enormous Shadow’s set is bland and uninspired, though is riddled with technical issues, to be fair. The three-piece, again from Brighton, are a combination of three synthesizers, a guitar, electronic drum pads (which is where the main technical issues lie), and a laptop; making a fairly amateur attempt at bleepy and dreamy synthpop. They show signs of hope through occasional afro-pop guitar lines which are enjoyable and catchy, but too often they rely on cheap electro buzzes, laptop backing track, and vocals lacking a decent punch. By the time Twin Sister arrive on stage the now claustrophobic crowd have had plenty of chance for a trip to the bar, which on occasion shows with loud conversations and awkward “wahey” moments, though thankfully doesn’t manage to spoil the music. The New York band, whose blog-ability has already reached Pitchfork and The Guardian proportions (evidenced by the size of this crowd in a foreign country on a cold Tuesday evening), make a brilliant and experimental take on pop music. Fronted by the vocal brilliance of Andrea Estella (an odd and almost haunting Bjork-cum-Bush whisper), the five-strong band add jangly, distorted guitar wobbles, bass, largely hushed drums, and electro-keys to a set that ranges from laid-back and woozy dreampop to energetic and beat-heavy dance. The band show no signs of anxiety for the expectations that lie ahead of them nor any signs of jet lag; not once faulting or seemingly lacking in passion for the music that they make. Gabe grooves with a smile, switching effortlessly from guitar to bass and back; guitarist Eric navigates delicately around six effects pedals; Dev provides the electro synth-y sounds with an expert cool; and Andrea casually sips a mug of tea between providing effortlessly stunning vocals song after song. Any set that can successfully juxtapose folk and disco influences forming them into pop music (both Dirty Projectors and Summer Camp spring to mind) is a strong one by my book. Beautiful and ambitious, void of pretence and packed full of fun, Twin Sister show one hell of a lot of promise, and put on a fantastic live show.