The Embers of an Old Flame — Post-Punk Outfit Twin Peaks Debut Their Poignant Video for “Letter”

Russia’s Twin Peaks (not to be mixed up with the Chicago indie rock band) spins the tale of unsent letters in their latest single and video, Letter – which encapsulates the feeling of writing a message in a bottle but forgetting to toss it into the sea.

Twin Peaks has undergone a remarkable transformation since their humble beginnings in Kotovsk in 2002. They started with a raw, hardcore punk and grunge vibe but have now evolved into a refined post-punk and new wave sound. Blending elegant simplicity with a touch of existential reflection, they now use a drum machine paired with a minimalist ensemble of guitar, voice, bass, and keys.

This song has a distinct flavor reminiscent of KINO and early Depeche Mode: a blend of melancholy and wistfulness that stirs memories of first love and dancing in post-Soviet discos. Even though the lyrics are entirely in Russian, the emotions transcend language barriers. It’s the perfect vibe for the title track of their upcoming self-titled fifth studio album, Twin Peaks.

Director Olga Feona’s visually striking portrayal of the song delves into the realms of first love and personal introspection. The captivating scenes were expertly filmed in the charming quaintness of a provincial town or the outskirts of a bustling metropolis. The narrative unfolds as our frontman, in a nostalgic moment, decides to pen a letter to a long-lost love, portrayed by the talented makeup artist and beauty blogger Sofia Rodina. Meanwhile, the video portrays the girl going about her daily routine, eagerly checking her mailbox in anticipation of any news, only to be greeted by emptiness each time. The poignant narrative culminates with the symbolic act of burning the letters over a smoldering fire.

Watch the video for “Letters” below:

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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