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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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: September 28, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B003YDZV7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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....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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I have to echo some other reviewers, who have said this album is the best thing they've heard in years. It certainly is right up there.

This album caught me completely off guard. My first listen it was intriguing, quirky, I wasn't sure I liked it but was certain I wanted to hear it again. Listen after listen, I just loved it more and more and more and more. I listen to a lot of music and most of it has a shelf life of one ore two spins. I kept coming back for more of this. This album is so, so unique, it's hard to explain, but I'll try.

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. The songwriting is phenomenal, each song so solid and sturdy in its basic construction. Beats, hooks, choruses, melody, is all there in abundance. The songs are extremely tuneful and catchy. They are also exceptionally well arranged, making repeated listens very rewarding, and it is as good a "headphone" album as it is a party album, driving album, housework album...its appeal is really universal. And on top of everything else, the lyrics are really poignant ("I Can't wait for summer, I can't wait for June, when all the ghosts are quiet, when everything is new"), and the guy really has a great, tuneful, soulful, pitch perfect voice.

I love this music. Love it. This may sound like hyperbole, and maybe it is, but it really is that good of an album. You are depriving yourself if you don't at least try "I Can't Wait", "tether beat", or "castles in the snow".

I read this guy wrote, performed, sang, and recorded the whole album himself in his apartment. or something like that. yet the production values are superlative. What an achievement. I can't wait for the next album.
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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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Amazing album and sounds great on Vinyl, no skipping or scratching. This was somewhat expected for a vinyl with 5 songs on each side but it runs perfectly smooth. Music itself is amazing and I've loved this album for a very long time. Great purchase if you want something to spin on your turntable and has a very acceptable price for an amazing album.
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By Aleks on December 26, 2012
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Where has Twin Shadow been all my life? The synth and guitar-driven 80's pop/rock sound has always had a special place in my heart, and it's always refreshing to find a modern artist referencing this style. Unfortunately more often than not, it sounds forced and manufactured rather than genuinely nostalgic. Twin Shadow does a great job of recreating that musical era, while adding their (his) own personality to the tracks. Smooth, melodic, catchy, and emotional. Forget is a brilliant exercise in music and a must have for any fan of 80's style synth pop/rock.
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