Originally formed in 2011, Twin Oaks is a Los Angeles-based ethereal dream pop/indie rock band fronted by Lauren Brown & Aaron Domingo. Spending their early days as a bedroom folk duo, Twin Oaks began as an acoustic outlet for Aaron before pitching his songs to Lauren to sing as backing vocalist. Brown's vocals began to better suit the songs and singing roles switched, allowing Aaron to focus primarily on instrumentation.
Operating in strict D.I.Y. fashion with a short budget, the duo utilized the intimacy of sparse spaces to self-record their debut 'Not An Exit EP (2012)' and 'The Lion's Den (2014)' mini-album, both recorded in the confines of Lauren's apartment and Aaron's living room space. The band's lead single "Find A Way" was a hit among the band's early fan base and was presented by Simon Raymonde (of the Cocteau Twins) on UK's Amazing Radio. The single later earned a #1 spot on the Amazing Radio Top 40 for 3 weeks just alongside Glass Animal's "Pools" and Wolf Alice's "Bros".
After playing a set of local shows through the early quarter of 2014, the band went into recording at Henson Studios on July of that year in Los Angeles & self-released the debut full-length 'White Noise (2015)' (featuring Defeater drummer Joe Longobardi). The album showcased a much wider and layered sound inspired by elements of post-rock and dream pop sounds drawn by the likes of Sigur Rós, The XX, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Low, and Daughter. The band recruited drummer Rhyan Riesgo (of LA-based dream pop Todavia) to perform songs off 'White Noise' during a stint of shows between late 2014 through the summer 2016.
During Fall 2016, the duo went back into recording at Aaron's home studio and teamed up with Grammy Award-Winning engineer Cassidy Turbin (Beck, Bat for Lashes, Miya Folick) to helm mixing & post-production duties for the 'Collapse EP (2017)'. The EP's lead single "Eighteen Minutes" further showcased the band's more atmospheric explosive post-rock & shoegaze influenced sound that had developed through their live performances. In an interview with Girl Underground Music, Lauren states “Collapse was written earnestly, touching on the subjects of personal hardship dealing with death, loss of love, self-loathing, mental exhaustion and the struggle to maintain strength. We decided to name this EP Collapse because it just felt right and sincere. When you hit rock bottom, there is no place to go but up. So the EP is themes on the idea of moving on and forgiving. It’s based on the concept of burning down the past, letting go of the idealistic future and living in the present." The EP received praise from the international indie blogosphere such as Canada's The Revue who quoted "The spatial darkness that occupies 'Collapse' is mesmerizing, as the tinges of the electric guitar and the cosmic production fill the air." Twin Oaks was later joined with Marilyn Beltran & Aroldo Rios to complete the band's full line-up.
The band continued to independently release their music with the January 2018 self-recorded & produced 'Living Rooms EP', a collection of intimate and sparse sessions recorded in a live setting in various open spaces (much akin to the band's bedroom folk beginnings). The band has since shared the stage with Mt. Joy, Flora Cash, Emma Ruth Rundle, AKW, and NAVVI.
"Their sparse approach creates a spaciousness that lets the bittersweet compositions breathe, suffused with the calmness of a sunlit early morning. One could easily describe it as dreamy or blissful, but there's nary a shrouded note - these are songs that pulsate with quiet emotion and golden-hued translucence." - The Deli Mag
"There is also a sliver of melancholy which permeates through the album, providing that strange tinge of sadness that all the best dreams leave behind." - Wake The Deaf
"With soft enticing and hypnotizing vocals, accompanied with steady yet powerful drums, light guitar flowing in sync with the tune they transition into an ending made up of an explosion of musical energy that’s timed to perfection." - Wolf In A Suit