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Shook Twins

What We Do



I’m not really sure what “indie folk” is, but I wish more groups made it the way Portland’s Shook Twins do. Identical twin sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook—along with a handful of their friends—craft dreamy, charming tunes that flit like fireflies. Their third album, What We Do, is a thoroughly enjoyable gem with strings aplenty, serene melodies and conversational lyrics that welcome listeners into the family.

The first single, “Shake,” is the story of a family living through an earthquake with a driving, stomp-and-clap refrain that sounds like an updated field holler. “Crisper” is equal parts whimsical and wistful, stating “I wish I was 7 years old, I wish you were too/ then we wouldn’t be so grownup-y, we’d have better things to do.” Banjo, guitar, fiddle, ukulele and other assorted strings weave together over a percussive backbone that veers toward an almost hip-hop groove on some songs, like the slinky title track. Everything has its place on the album, but don’t expect any finger-blistering solos. The focal point here is the twins’ lulling harmonies, soaring over each sonic landscape like birds in flight.

Shook Twins play the Top Hat Sun., April 27. Doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8. $12/$8 advance.

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