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Twin Shadow - Forget (4AD)
Is there a better pedigree in independent music than 4AD's? Just a thought.
Anyhow, back to the matter at hand. Twin Shadow is George Lewis, a bedroom recording artist with a penchant for shiny 80s synthpop. It's never quite as simple as that, especially when the facilities don't match the ambition, but that's what makes it so interesting and enjoyable. We really don't need another Duran Duran.
Instead, let's draw comparisons with another 4AD album, namely Matt Johnson's 1981 masterpiece "Burning Blue Soul". They share the same undeniable ambition for perfect pop songs, tempered with no-frills production and a proclivity for pushing the envelope. They just can't help themselves, and in Lewis' case in manifests itself in tracks like "Castles In The Snow" with its Gothic bluster, and knowing lyrics, or the wonky electronica of "Tether Beat".
Remarkably, when he gets it absolutely right, it's just as agreeable. "When We're Dancing" would have sounded perfectly at home on The Associates' "Sulk" record and "I Can't Wait" is the sort of Giorgio Moroder inspired Euro-disco that a host of `80s dark-wave acts secretly took to heart - and very good it is, too! 9/10.