Release Date: Sep 28, 2010
Record label: MRI Associated Labels
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Traditionally this is the part of the decade that finds us hungry for some fresh sounds. Right about now, we should be looking for a Nevermind or an Is This It to cleanse the palette and open a window into the immediate future. Unlike a decade earlier, when rap-metal was still a demon yet to be slain, 2010 is a particularly good time to be a music fan.
George Lewis, Jr.'s self-described bizarre and lonely childhood forms the backdrop for his work as Twin Shadow, and he uses the sounds of the past as a foundation. But while the 26-year-old Brooklynite's music is steeped in 1980s new wave-- he sometimes takes on Morrissey's vocal tone and phrasing, and threads of British bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and Depeche Mode run through his songs-- Lewis does well by this much-revisited era. Simplicity is part of what carries it over.
It’s a hard knock life these days. Between the prospect of an extended period under practical Conservative rule, realising one of the world’s most respected religious leaders is pretty much a moral vacuum and wondering how in God’s name [b]Wagner[/b] is in The X Factor top 10, things aren’t what they used to be. It’s no wonder then that, musically, from [a]Summer Camp[/a] to [a]Best Coast[/a], we’ve stepped into a sepia time machine recently, transported back to a golden age where romance abounded and [b]Justin Bieber[/b] was a mere glint in the milkman’s eye.
In the grainy VHS-style video for lead single, 'Slow', sporting a moustache that sits somewhere between Prince and John Oates and a quiff that has led overeager bloggers to hail him as the 'Black Morrissey', George Lewis Jr. - AKA Twin Shadow - makes no bones about his roots. The song itself is a spaced-out, hard-paced salute to the likes of Echo And The Bunnymen and Joy Division - even channelling, if not flat-out pilfering the beat from 'She's Lost Control' - and his debut on 4AD, Forget, is a welcome reminder that while the bones of Eighties pop/goth continue to be picked unmercifully, there is hope in the right hands.
George Lewis, Jr., aka Twin Shadow, is a Dominican-born small-town Floridian who found his way to Brooklyn, a sensible home for a multi-instrumentalist musician type accused of packing Phil Lynott's hair and Simon Le Bon's voice. Forget features Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor in the role of producer and label operator, no doubt an added turbo boost for this fashionable fella already circumnavigating the blogosphere. .
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A magnificently accomplished debut that freshens up 80s new wave sounds. Alex Tudor 2010 In the last few years, 4AD have trounced all expectations with a run of excellent bands who defy easy categorisation, so they must have felt long over-due a signing who harks back to the early years of the label. George Lewis – AKA Twin Shadow – makes synth-led bedroom music that sounds at once thoroughly new wave and thoroughly fresh.