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on 15 November 2010
Make no mistake, 4AD has a new crop of talent in 2010, and, along with Ariel Pink and his recent makeover, Dominican-born George Lewis Jr, aka Twin Shadow, is at the forefront of this group. Migrating from Florida to Brooklyn, gaining spit and polish production from Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor on its way, Forget is a collection of bedroom (read apartment) recordings, which range from mournful disco to soulful new-wave.

Finding solace in the deadpan simplicity of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Lewis Jr's synths are sleek and sleazy, his delivery wistful, the end product quite remarkable. Deftly avoiding gimmicks, Forget rarely puts a foot wrong. The opener, "Tyrant Destroyed" pops with languid appeal drawing back the curtain on the nostalgic retro-futurism of planet Twin Shadow.

Pleasingly, Lewis Jr's lyrics are more than passengers, and on "I Can't Wait" his breathy "I don't wanna believe, or be, in love" sounds like he truly means it. The assured swishes and funky bass guitar on "Shooting Holes" head the track straight for the Italo-dancefloor, yet Lewis Jr has darker locales in mind as he spoils the party atmosphere with a vocal exercise in disinterest similar to David Byrne's turn in X-Press 2's "Lazy". Whereas "At My Heels", though a smidgen less theatrical, recalls Wild Beasts if they were invited to DJ the same David Byrne's own birthday bash.

Latterly, the hi-hats and handclaps of "Castles In The Snow" are a real highlight, and the title track's ominous bass crunches even veer Forget towards The Knife's version of "Heartbeats", if it were filtered through a decade of neglect and given a quick bleaching.

Though probably product of nostalgia, Forget is a strange name for an a debut of such confidence and substance - for it's the last thing we'd do on this kind of form.

Advised downloads: "Castles In The Snow" and Tyrant Destroyed".
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on 11 November 2010
George Lewis Jnr is obviously an 'interesting' character if we were to believe all of the information paraded on various websites but apart from knowing of his Surfer Blood (supporting Interpol)link, I had relied on these very websites for glimpses of his music.

A touch of soul, a touch of Morrissey, a touch of Beach Boys - definitely a hard act to tie down to a specific genre but this really is a little gem and a surprise gem at that - NME gave it what I consider to be a well judged review this week.

If you want to go back a bit into the 80s (in a nice way) I would recommend this highly.

Give it a whirl as I am fairly confident you will not be disappointed!
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on 3 January 2011
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.
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on 1 January 2011
I first heard/saw of Twin Shadow when NME put a video of one of his songs online as part of the "10 tracks to hear this week" page. We could see the guy drum and sing in the studio, on a track that I remember being both catchy and uptempo. Well, my memory must fail me because I cannot find anything as catchy and uptempo on this record. It's not that it's bad, it's more, like, after 3 listens, I couldn't cite any of the songs if my life depended on it. True, the overall sound of the album has its biggest roots in the 1980s. The neat, bland if respectable end of 1980s new wave to be more precise. ** and a half.
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on 23 July 2012
Getting old is no fun, but at least here seems that we are back in ime. The msuic is quite familiar and brings you back a couple of decades. One of the bestalbuns last year.
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on 6 March 2013
Excellent Twin Shadow album. Excellent quality. Fast shipping. Great package. I recommend this artist and this specific album. You will love it
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on 1 December 2014
Superb CD. Twin Shadow is a band to listen out for. Classy but not cheesy.
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on 27 July 2014
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