Twin Shadow – Forget

January 01, 1970



“It’s bedroom recorded music, but done with the same
attention as many classic b-movies,” proclaims George Lewis, Jr., in reference
to the music he creates in the comfort of his small Brooklyn
apartment under the moniker Twin Shadow. But this dapper dude who made Time Out New York’s 2010 list for the Most
Stylish New Yorker is far from indie rock’s Ed Wood. Although he may work under
the strain of a shoestring budget, you can hardly tell from the superior
quality of this brilliant debut LP.


Produced with love by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor for his
new label, Terrible Records, Forget shimmers
with the kind of art-house romanticism that wove MTV gold back in the 1980s for
acts like OMD and A-Ha, albeit through the fuzzy view from the Woodsist label’s
cabin window. It is a sound that serves as the perfect vehicle for the catchy
melancholia Lewis pens, such as opening track “Tyrant Destroyed,” a song that
reimagines Lou Barlow’s slacker yearning as a latent desire to become a member
of Tears for Fears. Elsewhere, Twin Shadow also flexes its strengths in dour pop
balladry on “Slow” and Roxy-esque guitar rock on “While We’re Dancing”. Forget is one of the true surprises of
2010 that will hopefully be merely the tip of the iceberg for this most
promising sonic auteur of the new new wave.  


DOWNLOAD: “Tyrant Destroyed”, “Slow”, “While We’re Dancing” RON HART


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