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The name might as well be a movie title: Twin Shadow in ... Forget. Only it's not a movie; it s a panoramic LP that introduces us to the twilight zone tale of George Lewis Jr.
The troubled son of a hairdresser and a 'teacher who lived many lives' (semi-pro football, massage therapy, film maker and other things we'll tell you about when you re older), George was born in the Dominican Republic and spent his formative years in Florida. Not in a happening spot like Miami, though. Try an island that happened to be the winter home base of the Ringling Brothers Circus and palm tree-flanked old people.
If you think that's strange? You don't know the half of it. And neither does George, although he's trying to remember; trying to piece the sepia-toned scenes together along with a debut album that's all about letting go. Or is it? Like an art-house double feature that leaves you wondering what the hell just happened in the best way possible, Forget tells a spellbinding story without spelling everything out.
Forget isn't tethered to any trends or specific genre, either. Instead, it seems almost to be hovering above the landscape of decades gone past; checking in at rest stops with it's wheels pointed directly toward the future. So don't be surprised to hear things abruptly shift from synth-swept soundscapes ('I Can t Wait,' 'Castles In the Snow') to glimmers of gossamer dance music ('For Now,' 'Shooting Holes At the Moon') or full-on power balladry ('Slow').
And who is that sitting next to George s director's chair? Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear in the role of producer, working closely with Twin Shadow, fine-tuning Forget s special effects while maintaining the memory-wracked mood that George spent months perfecting in his Brooklyn apartment. Brooklyn based label Terrible Records will be taking Twin Shadow's Forget on as their very first LP release.
'It's bedroom recorded music, but it's been done with the same attention as many classic B-movies,' he says. 'It's not like a slapdash home video, though; it's someone operating with very little at 100-percent of their ability.'
In other words, Forget is like The Seventh Seal filtered through the drive-in feel of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Meaning: lots of tight shots, careful lighting, and a lingering sense that something's not quite right a film adaptation of George's life that's essentially a 40-minute waking dream.

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George Lewis, Jr., who records under the moniker Twin Shadow, is one of the latest signees to Terrible Records, the imprint started by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The catchy and new wavey 'Castles in the Snow' subtly shifts between organic and synthetic textures, with guitars bumping into synths and drum machines next to tambourines.. --Pitchfork

His press materials point toward the krautworks of Can and Kraftwerk as inspirations, possibly because Lewis logged time in Berlin before returning here and launching this project. Maybe you can hear a bit of them in the bass-picked breakdown and chilly synths lining the track's high end, but once filtered through Twin Shadow's emotional vocals and intermittent guitars it all comes out more like if Junior Boys moved to the 11211. --Stereogum

a wiser, well-adjusted alternative to glo-fi. --rcrdlbl

His press materials point toward the krautworks of Can and Kraftwerk as inspirations, possibly because Lewis logged time in Berlin before returning here and launching this project. Maybe you can hear a bit of them in the bass-picked breakdown and chilly synths lining the track's high end, but once filtered through Twin Shadow's emotional vocals and intermittent guitars it all comes out more like if Junior Boys moved to the 11211. --Stereogum

a wiser, well-adjusted alternative to glo-fi. --rcrdlbl

1. Tyrant Destroyed
2. When We're Dancing
3. I Can't Wait
4. Shooting Holes
5. At My Heels
6. Yellow Balloon
7. Tether Beat
8. Castles in the Snow
9. For Now
10. Slow
11. Forget

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B003YDZV7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Love the singer's voice.
Wesley R.
Twin Shadow (which is really one guy) seems to use 80's new wave as a base of operations, but this guy is in his own zone, and the music has a timeless quality.
Usuallee
Every time I listen to the album I hear something new which makes me want to listen to it more.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Berklee Boy on October 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm an old fart who's been passionate about rock/pop music for over 50 years and it's been a long time since I listened to an album at least ten times in a row upon first listening; Beach Boys - Pet Sounds; Beatles - Sergeant Pepper; Who - Tommy; Bowie - Ziggy Stardust; Kinks - Preservation Act 1; Rundgren - Wizard/A True Star; Springsteen - Born to Run; U2 - Boy; Prince - Dirty Mind; REM - Murmur; Jane Siberry - Bound by the Beauty.

"Twin Shadow's (George Lewis Jr) Forget" is an amalgamation of everything I love about rock and roll. It's incredibly melodic, has heartbreaking lyrics, has echoes of all my favorite artists and yet stands completely on its own.

I never thought I'd feel like I'd fallen in love again the way I would as a teenager hearing an album for the first time. Do yourself a favor and give a listen!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 18, 2010
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Between Forget and Treats (Sleigh Bells) 2010 has brought forth some strong new artists that bring not only quality but diversity in sounds of 2010. Twin Shadow progressive New Wave style are up dated with great break beats and a haunting vocal like a whisper in a dream. You'll either be dancing or just relaxing. The album walks a line that few do. In being both up beat and soft tempo, Twin Shadows is great for anyone looking for new music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dray on November 25, 2010
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George Lewis Jr. is a man with a colourful past and careers in just about everything. Now with Grizzly Bears Chris Taylor as his producer he's released a great debut that harkens back to everything good about the 80's and 90's music scene. Lots of groups seek to emulate the sounds of the past but George Lewis Jr. under his moniker Twin Shadow doesn't simply imitate his influences he melds them all together into something refreshing. With vocal delivery akin to Morrissey, tribal and post-punk beats, new age synths and funky guitars Twin Shadow creates what can be taken either as a new spin on the classics or an homage of the highest caliber. The album is great but perhaps the best demonstration of that fact is the fact that 4AD North America's biggest alternative distributor picked the album up before it was even released. Stand out tracks include the extremely catchy single Slow, the titular track Forget, For Now and I Can't Wait. If your a fan of 80's new wave, post-punk and dance music give this a shot you won't regret it. Truly Forget is one of the best debuts of this year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cova on October 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This year (2010) have seen and tasted the best of the best in music, we have seen a spate of strong releases in all genres that show no sign of diminishing by the end of the year.

We get a bump with another great record, Twin Shadow is made up solely of George Lewis Jr. (a Dominican-born) and if one had to classify his sound it would be somewhere on the soft rock/new wave spectrum. But it's tough to say something like that about an album so rich in detail, sophistication and emotion. The influence of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor is clear here as he assumes the role of producer. His penchant for making complex instrumentals fit together smoothly and unexpectedly is filtered through Twin Shadow's creative and occasionally poppy sensibilities.

Those pop ideals are often obscured in this album, but it is clear that Lewis has a talent for writing catchy and fun tunes. The album couldn't really be considered pop, but there are moments where the influence cannot be denied. The uplifting of strings to a major chord in "Tyrant Destroyed" is the first instance of this, and the glimpses keep coming, especially on almost every hook on the album. "Shooting Holes" is arguably the most immediate and accessible song here, and typifies the fun, feel-good aspect of Forget.

David Bowie continues to influence over time without stopping, this unique album that brings back memories of Tears For Fears (from their first album), Twin Shadow offers an album that will never forget, precious, dark, sometimes funny, with an excellent production, the most instantly loveable debuts of the year.

Twin Shadow has a very particular way of writing the lyrics of the songs, I'm astonished, full of deep metaphors, musically amazing, with special emphasis on some impressive bass lines makes this album indispensable. I dare say will be the best album of 2010.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.H.Smith on November 8, 2010
Format: Vinyl
This album is full on. We've all heard a lot of great music come out this year (Big Boi, LCD Soundsystem, Teen Dream, Local Natives, Cee-Lo, Sufjan Steven, J. Monae, Jamey Johnson, Phosphorescent, Gold Panda, Paper Tiger...), but no album released this year will be able to top Twin Shadows masterpiece. This album is 5 Star Classic. It has it all - retro grooves, new age beats, heartfelt lyrics and an overall sense of sincerity. This album should be in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smith on September 21, 2012
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....other than Twin Shadow's "Confess". This album is so good, I cant stop listening to both, I loop them when I am driving, at work, playing around in the garage. Having just gotten into chill wave or dream pop or whatever you want to call it, finding George Lewis Jr's work is a win win..........so good, cant say enough.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OHliviasOK on December 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Call this an 80's Lo-Fi throwback, call it what you will. The fact of the matter is it's current. There's a reason why Twin Shadow's debut album "Forget" is on almost all tastemaker Top Albums of 2010. It's simply because it is. Can compete with these soulful beats! Favorite track is "I Can Wait" but you shouldn't to get this. Really. Do it.
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