By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
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By Scott Reitz
Ignore that this band's name has the word twilight in it. The moody, seductive sound Civil Twilight crafts has a romance all its own—one that blissfully has nothing to do with vampires.
1135 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215-1036
Region: Oak Cliff & South Dallas
Steven McKellar's willowy tenor dips and flutters against moody backdrops, recalling Thom Yorke. But despite Civil Twilight's penchant for graceful, slow-moving balladry, the band plays with more finesse than Radiohead knockoffs like Snow Patrol or Travis. Civil Twilight builds tension by remaining keenly aware of their momentum. Guitars billow forth like geysers, but the trio also shows restraint, allowing quieter mid-tempo textures to linger and build.
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