Tegan and Sara: Indie-Rockers Turned Pop Stars

After almost a decade of making indie-rock hits, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara Quin turned full on pop propelling them to higher success. (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2016/06/05/tegan-and-sara-cgarge-further-into-pure-pop.html) Their 2013 album Heartthrob made it to number three on the Billboard 200 with the song ‘Closer’ topping charts in the US. They definitely upped the ante by snagging an Oscar nomination for their collaboration with Lonely Island on the song ‘Everything Is Awesome!!’ for the Lego Movie.

It is surprising that their transition to pop did not see them lose their core fans. During their iHeartRadio Canada CMW showcase, the fans didn’t seem to mind that their set list included synth-driven remakes of earlier favorites such as ‘Walking With a Ghost’ that were mingled with recent singles such as ‘Boyfriend’.

Their eighth album released last Friday ‘Love You To Death’ became an instant hit. It has seen them refine their pop sound. The album definitely shows ambitious lyrics and vocals that flow smoothly with the more streamlined arrangements. The writing of the album definitely assures earworms aplenty.

The album features singles such as ‘Boyfriend’ that is simply a classic pop song detailing the excitement and trepidation that comes about during the early days of dating. BWU (Be With You) is another single from the album that simply stand out with people declaring it an anti-marriage anthem. In a recent interview with the rolling stone, Sara Quin ‘Love You To Death’ was an album that addressed her anxieties about life, her views on relationships and life in general including her relationship with her sister. (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tegan-and-saras-sara-quin-on-sibling-conflict-anti-wedding-songs-20160603?page=2)

For all the years that they have been in the music industry, this pop duo has learnt one valuable lesson: too many cooks spoil the broth. Having previously made the mistake of having worked with some producers and songwriters, they decided to work with only one producer for their most recent album. Greg Kurstin is a renowned producer having previously worked with Sia and Adele made for an obvious choice. Be it indie-rock, be it pop, the Quin sisters have conquered it all. As long as they continue to have depth and integrity, they have quite a ways to go.