Recording information: Sub Bubble Studio, London; The Pool.
Two years since their last album, Forget the Night Ahead, Scottish indie rockers the Twilight Sad embark on new territory with No One Can Ever Know. Citing influences such as Cabaret Voltaire, Can, and Autechre, the record diverges from the band's shoegaze-style wall-of-sound leanings to adopt a more industrial-influenced approach. To capture this cold, aggressive mood, the Twilight Sad produced the album with assistance from influential British producer Andrew Weatherall (Primal Scream, Beth Orton), employing instrumentation like vintage analog synthesizers from Depeche Mode producer Ben Hillier.
Alternative Press (p.99) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Gentle heartbeat rhythms and a bittersweet bed of keyboards match frontman James Graham's confessional, intimate delivery."
Magnet (p.58) - "NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW starts with a barely audible buzzing and ends with a howl, symbols for nothing less than life itself."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t's a strong transition for the band into something a little more form-fitting while carrying over their commitment to morose atmosphere and Graham's handsome vocals..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "James Graham's ragged brogue remains deeply affecting, humanising this unsettling music."