The Twins ‘A Wild Romance’ (Hansa International, 1983)

The Twins were a synthpop group formed in Berlin in 1980, and unlike the twins of the Thompson variety, there were just two of them. Rather disappointingly though, they weren’t actually twins. 

The duo were Sven Dohrow and Ronnie Schreinzer, and they essentially got together with the intention of forming a musical outfit that could mimic the sound of their favourite English electronic artists, particularly Gary Numan and Tubeway Army, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and later, a fledgling Depeche Mode. 

Not long after their formation, however, The Twins began to have some success of their own. They were particularly well-received in Italy, where the pop-pickers loved their glittering, sharply produced sound so much that the duo scored three Top 10 hits there (‘Face To Face – Heart To Heart’, ‘Not The Loving Kind’ and ‘Ballet Dancer’) in a mere 18 months between 1982 and 1984.

It was also around this time that Dohrow and Schreinzer released their third album ‘A Wild Romance’, the only LP to chart in their native Germany. Nowadays it sounds overtly of its time, but in many ways that’s a big part of its appeal. Tracks like ‘Criminal Love’, ‘Facts Of Love’ and ‘Must Have Her Back’ encapsulate the excitement of the burgeoning European synthpop scene, with dramatic stabs of melody, peppy singalong choruses and machine beats drenched in gated reverb. 

But the moments with the most musical longevity come when the pair slow everything down, such as on the album’s title cut, which has to be one of the most grossly overlooked electronic songs of the era. The ebb and flow of the lush synth layers in the verse, coupled with Schreinzer’s commanding but faintly desire-tinged vocal in the chorus, is a killer combination. It’s also one that numerous, more successful acts like the Pet Shop Boys were pursuing well into the 1990s. 

Meanwhile, if you’re hankering for more information about Dohrow and Schreinzer, you can visit the “Twinfo” section of their website, which features an abundance of personal facts about the pair including their star sign, eye colour, culinary style and even their favourite pets. You heard it here first, remember.

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