The Twilight Sad continued to tour as they worked on their second album, playing dates in the U.S. with Mogwai
as well as appearing in the U.K. Tracks from the album began appearing online in spring 2009, with "Reflection from the Television" premiering on Pitchfork's website that May; the single "I Became a Prostitute" arrived that August. Forget the Night Ahead, which had a darker, more streamlined approach than the band's earlier work and was co-produced by guitarist McFarlane and the Delgados
' Paul Savage, was released in the fall. By February 2012, the Twilight Sad strayed from their shoegaze Wall of Sound leanings to offer No One Can Ever Know, which adopted a cold, aggressive, industrial-influenced approach with help from influential British producer Andrew Weatherall
). The band went further in this electronic direction with a remixes collection featuring Com Truise
, and Optimo that was released late that year.
The Twilight Sad weathered the departure of keyboardist Martin Doherty (who left to pursue his other group, Chvrches
), recording 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave at Mogwai
's Castle of Doom studio. Mixed by Peter Katis -- who also worked on Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters -- the album reflected all of the past and present aspects of the Twilight Sad's sound. Late that year, the band released the limited-edition Òran Mór Session EP, which featured stripped-down versions of songs from Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave as well as covers. Initially available only at the band's shows, the EP was given wider release in October 2015 with extra tracks. ~ Kenyon Hopkin, Rovi