12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you come to Confess with little or no knowledge of George Lewis Jr.—the man behind the curtain—you may be in for a bit of disorientation. On some levels, Confess fits with the '80s revival of artists like M83, but at its core it's more than a nostalgic homage. Confess is several shades meatier than Twin Shadow's 2010 debut, Forget (which indicated Lewis was on the verge of something very interesting). Here, the synth-driven pop goes deep with a melancholic, emotional pull and evokes a kind of mysterious, sensual allure that borders on celebratory lushness. Lewis' voice on songs like "You Call Me On" and "Be Mine Tonight" evoke the raw, emotional nakedness of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart. Elsewhere ("Run My Heart," "The One"), Lewis and his arrangements impart the suave certainty of Depeche Mode or INXS. The production vibe is ripe with the wisdom of Peter Gabriel and the control of early, chilly Cure tracks. The single "Five Seconds" is an irrepressible piece of dance-club swagger that's both exultant and exploding with longing. Confess is soulful, sexy, and addictive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you come to Confess with little or no knowledge of George Lewis Jr.—the man behind the curtain—you may be in for a bit of disorientation. On some levels, Confess fits with the '80s revival of artists like M83, but at its core it's more than a nostalgic homage. Confess is several shades meatier than Twin Shadow's 2010 debut, Forget (which indicated Lewis was on the verge of something very interesting). Here, the synth-driven pop goes deep with a melancholic, emotional pull and evokes a kind of mysterious, sensual allure that borders on celebratory lushness. Lewis' voice on songs like "You Call Me On" and "Be Mine Tonight" evoke the raw, emotional nakedness of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart. Elsewhere ("Run My Heart," "The One"), Lewis and his arrangements impart the suave certainty of Depeche Mode or INXS. The production vibe is ripe with the wisdom of Peter Gabriel and the control of early, chilly Cure tracks. The single "Five Seconds" is an irrepressible piece of dance-club swagger that's both exultant and exploding with longing. Confess is soulful, sexy, and addictive.

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About Twin Shadow

The project of singer/songwriter/producer/actor George Lewis, Jr., Twin Shadow's music expresses a nostalgia for '80s pop that spanned the chillwave of his early releases to the more accessible sound of his later albums. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Florida, Lewis began singing in his church choir. While living in Boston in the early 2000s, he played in the punk band Mad Man Films before moving to Brooklyn and beginning Twin Shadow in 2006. Lewis' demos caught the attention of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, who produced and released Twin Shadow's debut, Forget. While spending much of 2010 and 2011 touring, Lewis also found time to record his second Twin Shadow album, Confess, in Los Angeles. Inspired by a motorcycle crash he survived during his Boston days -- as well as his own unpublished novel, Night of the Silver Sun -- the album boasted a glossier sound and more direct songwriting than his debut. Lewis went in an even more pop direction on 2015's Eclipse, a power ballad-heavy set of songs that marked Twin Shadow's Warner Bros. debut. That April, Lewis and his band and crew were in a tour bus crash that left him with hand injuries requiring reconstructive surgery. While healing, he went through his archive of unreleased songs and compiled the best ones into the Night Rally mixtape, which arrived in July 2015. Early in 2018, Twin Shadow returned with "Saturdays," a collaboration with HAIM that heralded the release of his fourth album, Caer, that April. ~ Jason Lymangrover

HOMETOWN
Dominican Republic
BORN
1983

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