Winning Watsons exploit genetic advantage

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The Watson Twins – Fire Songs

A buzz started building around identical twins Chandra and Leigh Watson when they featured on Jenny LewisRabbit Fur Coat album and their own full-length debut should guarantee admission to the Americana elite.

The sisters favour slow, dreamy tempos and airy soft-rock arrangements, all designed to show off their genetically-harmonious vocal arrangements. Especially persuasive specimens include the exquisitely slow-motion “Fall”, with its minimal piano and haunting cello, or “Map To Where You Are”, a metaphorical quest signposted by Stewart Cole’s Tex-Mex horns. Their wispy, diaphanous reworking of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven suggests the Watson formula could travel far.

ADAM SWEETING