Album Review: Twin Shadow - Forget (4AD)
Grab your coat! We're going down Memory Lane
[a]Twin Shadow[/a] (aka Dominican-born [b]George Lewis Jr[/b]) and his blend of hazily new wave-tinged pop is also unmistakeably rooted in the past, yet its enveloping synth swoon goes far, far beyond mere nostalgia peddling. From the sweetened distortion of ‘[b]When We’re Dancing[/b]’, teaming ’80s Casio minimalism with a honeyed vocal reminiscent of [a]Grizzly Bear[/a]’s Daniel Rossen, to the sentimental lyrical web of ‘[b]Castles In The Snow[/b]’ (“[i]Here’s all I know/Your chequered room and your velvet bow/Your Elvis song in my ears/That moonlit voice that I hear[/i]”), ‘[b]Forget[/b]’ is less a nod to the past and more a long-lost relic of it, a warped tape discovered from a time long gone.
In stand-out track ‘[b]Slow[/b]’ – a twinkling, bass-led groove with a chorus that soars around Lewis’ repeated laments of “[i]I don’t wanna be, believe, in love[/i]” – [a]Twin Shadow[/a] finds his lineage in [a]The Cure[/a] and [a]The Smiths[/a], while ‘[b]At My Heels[/b]’ takes the heartwarming bounce of [a]Aztec Camera[/a] and reimagines it via a [a]New Order[/a] stomp – and therein lies the key. ‘[b]Forget[/b]’ is not trying to be anything; if it sounds reminiscent of a certain time then it’s because that’s where its heart truly lies.
“[i]I’m trying to remember all the things that I’ve known[/i]”, goes ‘[b]When We’re Dancing[/b]’. Remembering, reinventing and emerging with a record as joyful as it is tear-stained, [a]Twin Shadow[/a] has crafted something that’s understatedly, subtly, almost perfect.
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