Today’s Sounds: Slim Twig

If you had to place Slim Twig geographically, based solely on his sound, you’d certainly choose Montreal over Toronto. Much more specifically, he sounds like a Prairies refugee in a decrepit Mile End apartment building, sharing paper-thin walls with Sean Nicholas Savage and ¡Flist!
He’s always sounded a lot like a belle provincer. Back in 2008, he was making the kind of strobe-lit electro-rockabilly that got him booked (by me, incidentally) at a local David Lynch theme night. Now he’s audibly backed by an actual band — guitars, organ, piano, drums, back-up vocals — and while the whole package is somehow tighter, more focused and more accessible, it’s also deliberately, gleefully weird and as loose as a wizard sleeve.