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Twin Shadow
Forget
Terrible Records
www.twinshadow.net


Twin Shadow (George Lewis JR.) released his debut album on September 28th. Produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, the addition of the indie-rock star shines on Forget. Lewis' silky voice floats on top of the album's sparkling production, a dark and hazy mix of midnight conversation and 1980's glamour. Glossy vocal harmonies, chorus-laced guitars, analog strings, jittery arpeggios that climb up and down, and of course that booming snare reverb, are the familiar sounds from the decade of lava lamps and leg warmers that comprise the album's eleven tracks. "Slow" is an Eighties gem, illuminated by twinkling synthesizers and a ricocheting guitar lead. "I Can't Wait" explodes into a breakdown reminiscent of The Bangles and awkward middle-school dances, while the percussion in "For Now" adds an exotic and unexpected flair. "Tether Beat" performs as the album's finest, as eerie strings slink behind an inquisitive chorus, "does your heart still beat?" The kick drum seems to answer.

Forget is a narrative of struggle and heart-break. Lewis begins with an account of adolescent mishaps, "and when you were fifteen I know what you said \ I'll never let another black boy break my heart." Lewis' youthful foils still haunt, for despite the implications of the album's title he has yet to "forget". "Why can't we try again?" he begs on "Slow". "You're my favorite day-dream" Lewis admits on "Castles In The Snow". The introspective lyrics compliment the album's niche sound, a landscape fitting for a confrontation of the past. Yet despite Lewis' apparent efforts to remain retro, there is a sense of maturity and modernity that places Forget years beyond its stylistic confines. Forget is not a petty, adolescent quarrel or an obsessive rant from a middle-aged romantic. Instead, Lewis offers perspective through a settled lens, shedding wisdom on his troubled youth that results in a detached, third person recollection often making Forget feel more like his fifth release than his first. Yet, despite the enlightened voice, Forget remains unresolved; as the album comes to a close Lewis whispers a confession, "this is everything I've wanted to forget". But it seems the forgetting has yet come, perhaps because as Lewis painfully reminds us, "sometimes time's so slow".

-Parker Tichko

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