Twylight Seven is about fusing organic acoustic sound with Folk, Hip Hop and Soul sensibilities. The result is that even musicians who worked on the album had a hard time describing his sound without listing a slew of genres.
Cool Hop is Twylight Seven's own unique approach to composition, writing and orchestration developed from the experience of migration and creating organic world music with bands like Trinidadian acoustic fusion band Terrenaissance and Filipina all-womyn powerhouse, Inkantada. His polyglot lyrics and kaleidoscopic melodies are all drawn from an unruly collection of unpublished poems. Since moving from Trinidad to the Plateau Mont-Royal in late 2013, he has kept a low profile, absorbing the many creative influences that Montreal offers, while expanding his range through travel in Southern Africa.
His latest album, Manila Sunrise, has drawn comparisons to Nujabes, Tricky, Sussan Deyhim and Paul Simon. Some songs point to inspiration from artists like Tracy Chapman, Gil Scott-Heron and Djavan. Each song on this solar-system concept album reflects memories from travel and time spent in Brazil, the Caribbean, the American South, and the Philippines.
Manila Sunrise Song List:
1) Zephyr (Intro)
2) Sete Casas
4) Diamond Mind
5) Captain Blood
6) Marte em Março
7) Electric Hill
8) Check 21
10) Método Soluna
Twylight Seven uses a unique array of instruments (steel drums, berimbaus, nose flutes) on the haunting song-poem "Diamond Mind", and organic pop-anthem "Sete Casas", a tribute to Capoeira Angola, an artform he began as a student in Lyon, France and which is one of his major musical and artistic influences. The vast number of influences in his Cool Hop style is also evident in the lyrical content of Manila Sunrise. The album in actually bilingual, written in both English (listen to his portrait of dying slow in a Trinidadian paradise in calypso-soul single "Paul" and the anti-colonial chanting down of Babylon-don in reggae-electronica track "Captain Blood") and in Portuguese (as in the dystopic MPB take on suffering, racism and soccer in Brazil in "Marte em Março").
Manila Sunrise was recorded and mixed at Lion’s Den Studios, the famous pyramid studio in Trinidad by musician-producer Beebo, whose Hip-Hop and Reggae background contributed to the rhythm and feel of the record. The album features amazing performances by Tinika 'Drummergirl' Davis, keyboardist Candace Moore, flautist/percussionist Baba Ayinde Onilu and guitarist extraordinaire John Hussain, among others. Manila Sunrise is available for purchase on BandCamp with 30% of sales going to his scholarship fund for university students.
All Songs Written, Composed and Arranged by: Twylight Seven
All Songs Produced, Engineered and Mixed by: Lamar “Beebo” Pollard
Recording, Production and Mixing: Lion’s Den Studios, Mt. Lambert, Trinidad and Tobago
Mastering: Phillip Klum Mastering, New York City, USA
Publishing: 50 Stories Publishing
Voice of the Shining Veil: Judith Bryce-White
All Interludes and Twylight Ways poem Written by: Twylight Seven
Executive Producer: Twylight Seven
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Berimbau and Pipes: Twylight Seven
Background Vocals: Rochelle Dalrymple; Kendel Haynes; Farisai Isi; Roger Macfarlane
Electric Piano; Hammond Organ; Synthesizer; Keyboards: Candace Moore
Bass Guitar: Nigel Irish, Andre Jack
Box Bass: Chris Castagne
Acoustic Guitar: John Hussain
Drums: Makesi Jawara Joseph
Congas; Dyímbe; Bongos: Tinika Davis
Drum programming: Beebo
Percussive Bass Pan: Delesse Francis
Beatbox: Kendel Haynes
Wind and Percussion (Pandeiro; Reco-Reco; Boulie drum, Nose Flute): Baba Onilu
Tenor Saxophone: Michelle A. Henry