Psychic Twin is the dark, electro-pop brainchild of Brooklyn singer/songwriter Erin Fein. Her debut LP – 2016’s Strange Diary – was lauded by the likes of Paste Magazine, The 405, and Stereogum…and it’s easy to hear why. Fein is especially gifted when it comes to evoking cool yet catchy soundscapes, awash in her breathy vocals and arpeggiated synth riffs a la Tangerine Dream and Daft Punk.
We were thrilled to chat with Fein about the great music that inspired her own. Don’t miss our mini-interview with Fein, as well as a list of her Top 10 records of all time, and a custom Spotify playlist below!
- IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD BRING ONLY ONE VINYL WITH YOU WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ohhhh that is a tough one. I think I would bring Bjork’s Vespertine.
- WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRACK ON THE ALBUM? WHY?
For me, the song “Unison” is so ethereal and beautiful. I remember where I was when I heard the song for the first time. I was in my friend’s car, and the song came on. It was nighttime and we were sitting in her car, just listening to music. It immediately resonated with me. I think the subject matter struck me later, but the strings! They hit me immediately. I couldn’t get the melody out of my head. Then when I listened more closely I was so moved by the imagery of this loner type of person accepting love, it just broke my heart and made me feel all the feelings. It’s sad, it’s sexy, it’s beautiful, I adore that song.
- WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ALBUM COVER?
It’s really hard to pick just one. But the first one that came to my mind is Joy Division’s Unknown Plesasures.
- WHAT WAS THE FIRST VINYL YOU EVER BOUGHT?
I was given my father’s classical music collection. That’s where the love began.
- WHAT’S THE LAST (MOST RECENT) VINYL YOU BOUGHT?
Most recently I bought John Carpenter’s Lost Themes.
- BEST LP “A” SIDE EVER? BEST “B” SIDE EVER?
Oh man this is so hard! Ok Side A is Tears for Fears’ The Hurting and Side B is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.
- WHAT SONG DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
“Hyperballad” by Bjork.
- IF YOU COULD RECORD WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
- WHAT SONG IS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW?
Hahah great question, “How Does It Feel” By D’Angelo actually.
- WHAT CURRENT OR UPCOMING PROJECT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
Starting to make the second record for Psychic Twin.
PSYCHIC TWIN’S TOP 10 RECORDS.
10) PRINCE–PURPLE RAIN
9) BEACH HOUSE–BLOOM
8) KATE BUSH–HOUNDS OF LOVE
7) PHILLIP GLASS–GLASSWORKS
5) BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE–YOU FORGOT IT IN PEOPLE
4) DAVID BOWIE–SPACE ODDITY
3) FLEETWOOD MAC–RUMOURS
1) TEARS FOR FEARS–THE HURTING