Atmospheric New Ambient Project Twinsleep (John Hayes & Maxy Dutcher) Releases Debut Single “Kin”; Signs with Nettwerk
January 6, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, two like-minded ambient artist-producers, Denver-based John Hayes and Missoula-based Maxy Dutcher, officially unveil their new collaboration, Twinsleep. The duo announces their signing to Nettwerk and release the meditative and atmospheric single, “Kin.” The airy track feels like an aural inhale and exhale, with each texture adding its own back and forth eb and flow. The one-of-a-kind tones heard on the song were crafted by sampling Maxy Dutcher’s voice fed through a Yamaha VSS30 synthesizer. “I love the textures it makes, but the sampler doesn’t always work—but for that track, it just so happened to be working, so I had to use it,” Maxy explains.
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Twinsleep’s debut is a marvel of ambient music, with gorgeous compositions that achieve pure weightlessness while possessing a grounded sense of purpose. John Hayes and Maxy Dutcher’s second collaboration together – first under the moniker Twinsleep — is impressionistic in all the right ways, every swell and swoon conjuring naturalistic imagery and a distinct sense of mood. A commonly held misconception about ambient music is that it’s background music to put on when you don’t want to listen too closely—but zoom in and Twinsleep is teeming with detail amidst its opalescent drones and hovering melodies, an impressive achievement from an inspired creative pairing.
The Twinsleep project follows Hayes and Dutcher’s stunning 2020 release Borealis and marks the latest evolution in their individual careers as well as creative partnership. Both musicians’ careers thus far have contained noticeable parallels—early beginnings in music that followed in rejecting formal teaching, artistic exploration brought upon by adversity, a gear-focused love of making electronic music—which made their initial collision even more serendipitous. After discovering Dutcher’s work thanks to an editorial campaign, Hayes asked him for a remix of “Marin,” from his 2018 album By the Woods, and the pair quickly struck up a collaborative friendship. “As soon as I saw his page and heard his stuff, I was like, ‘Whoa, this dude’s awesome,’” Dutcher recalls. “Our relationship snowballed from there.”