Album: Signal Fire
Label: Self Released
I first encountered Twin Flames when I attended an official showcase at the Folk Music Ontario conference just recently, I was mesmerized from the outset by their presence on stage and the story they were telling on the lead up to their first song, they kept me transfixed throughout their performance and my fascination for their music and stories began, I was lucky enough to meet them afterwards and found myself being drawn to their aura, for not only are they gifted performers, both are extremely charismatic and they write with a passion that comes from their souls, and it transcends into their musical creations.
This captivating duo combines two award winning very unique singer songwriters, Jaaji an Inuk Mohawk man from Nunavik and Chelsey June, an Algonquin Cree Métis Woman from Ottawa. Twin Flames takes you on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land as they sing songs in Inuttitut and English.
If the performance hooked me in, the album ' Signal Fire ' confirmed everything I thought it would be, it fascinated, intrigued and inspired me and It continues to educate me through the storylines contained within songs such as ' She Remembers ' which is an extremely emotional and moving song written in tribute to all the Indigenous, Inuit woman living on the streets, it was written in the hope that these women begin to heal and remember life as it was before trauma and abuse.
When you release your second studio album off the back of an award winning release there are high expectations, Twin Flames approached this album in a completely different way to their last, they wanted a worldly sound, they chose a wonderfully talented array of musicians to help them achieve their vision, with the throat singing of Charlotte Qamaniq, and Jonny Olsen adding an array of percussion to the mix, which ranged from sounds of bucket lids, hub caps, stove top reflector lids, all of which add a tribal feel, and, he even contributed some didgeridoo adding a universal flare, talented man. Chris Zimmerman added his magic to the cultural melting pot rising to the challenge of bringing Jaaji and Chelsey June's ideas to fruition. There is something I greatly admire about studio musicians who are challenged with someone's ideas and are given the task of creating sounds that are in another musicians head, picking the right musicians to work wth is an art form in itself, Twin Flames got the chemistry right for this album.
With tracks like Oak Tree, Dreamer, The Edge and the very hooky Rise Up this album has true depth and weight, ' Signal Fire ' is stunning in it's delivery, exquisite harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Twin Flames have found their roots and universal groove, the album will appeal to a wide audience and in doing so carry the message of their songs and their cultures around the world in spectacular fashion. It's a contemporary sound that has been developed but it still remains very respectful to their cultures, incorporating many traditional instruments from around the world giving it a rich and earthy feel.
Twin Flames lift my heart with their inspirational outlook on life through song, they are not afraid to tackle major issues and throw them out for the world to see and ponder, they have a gift of telling stories through their tales and in doing so educate the listener such as me, who is shamefully ignorant of their cultures. I thank them for enlightening me on this album and I thank them for the gift of their creativity, everyone should hear their music speak and Signal Fire is the perfect vehicle to captivate you, as it has me.