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From the very outset of Ghost Twins' debut album it seems as if it's going to fracture some expectations. The duo from Derby are certainly out to turn some heads with their sound. 'Breaking Friends' whirrs into life with a deafening drone, a mixture of towering dark organo-trance and indie pop – a fitting introduction to an album called Never Fear Total Failure. Sometimes it's electro-pop, like in the '80s crunch and epic ambience of 'Sugar In My Hand', the heavily synthesised flavours of 'Yellow & Green', and 'Unknown Animal' with its emotive piano chords smothered by a judderingly virtuosic synth bassline.

'The People You Will Never Meet' ends with a heart-thumping slice of indie disco, scratchy guitar stabs turning into this triumphal and gloriously distorted riff. Crossovers like this litter the album, as in 'You Will Always Be Lonely', whose SNES-racer synths share the stage with synchronised explosions of jagged guitar. Organic meets electronic most obviously on 'Into The Sea', whose vocodered words sound satisfyingly robotic above the plucked nylon-string guitar arpeggios and filmic piano chords. But it's in '2006' where things get really raucous, going from running from disco chiptune decorated with more vocoder, to darkly indie where vocals shout out "2006 was a year to forget… I lost hope" – something reminiscent of 2006's sound of the moment, "nu-rave", where indie guitars merged with various electronica for neon punk appeal.

The album closer, 'Fantasyland' is a great example of their penchant for synth-led sounds – possibly my favourite on the album. After clean boops and beeps, the synth is twisted into something richer, twisted and more expansive, as the lyrics "I will never fear total failure" harmonise over the top. It ends in a a fluttering crescendo of distorted electronica, a kind of empty euphoria contrasting with the hesitant turmoil of the album's start. The journey is a dynamic one – getting from start to finish is a breeze of subverted electropop and rough-cut indie that summons as much clinical Kraftwerk sound as it does quirkily adventuresome sounds from obscure and intensely difficult games in the same vein as Golden Axe. As such, Never Fear Total Failure is partly a defiant throwback, partly forward-thinking experiment, but strangely – and maybe just as well – it doesn't sound like now.

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