Twin Shadow is the nom de plume of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr. The troubled son of a hairdresser and a âteacher who lived many livesâ (semi-professional football, massage therapy, film maker), his formative years were spent in suburban Florida. It was there that George made he first forays into music, experimenting with sound from the age of 14. Heâs not looked back since.
Escaping the palm trees and still heat of the Sunshine State, George travelled north to New York where he began writing debut album Forget over a series of months in his Brooklyn apartment. Inevitably, his nomadic impulses meant that the sound of Twin Shadow wasnât to remain tied to the Big Apple. Drawing inspiration from extended trips abroad to Copenhagen and Berlin, and a distinctly European sensibility that takes in Can, Bowie and a classic pop melodicism, Twin Shadow has proven broad in scope and enterprise.
As such, debut album Forget offers a panoramic view of a musical landscape that spans decades. Veering from the full-throttle power ballad âSlowâ to the shimmering Niles Rodgers-tinged disco of âAt My Heelsâ and the new wave synthesized breaks of âCastles In the Snowâ, Forget speaks of a carnivorous musical mind not afraid to venture down unknown paths.
It was venturing down these paths that led Twin Shadow to the attention of Grizzly Bearâs Chris Taylor in 2009. Impressed by the ambition of the music, Taylor not only lent his skills to the project by co-producing the record, but also offered to release Forget in the US on his newly established label, Terrible Records. Soon after, Twin Shadow signed to 4AD for the rest of the world, a deal George sees as allowing him to âshare his music through his dream labelâ.
Twin Shadow reinvents the power ballad with new single 'To The Top' out today. The new song is his most ambitious recording to date with mammoth choruses, soaring vocals, and anthemic arrangements. The track premiered today via Sirius XMU and Notion.
The song was recorded in Los Angeles at Hollywood Forever Cemetery & Studio Zapata Zabala with longtime Twin Shadow musical cohort Wynne Bennett. 'To The Top' is the first new material by Twin Shadow since 'Old Love/ New Love', a song he recorded for the Grand Theft Auto 5 soundtrack that was featured on year-end best lists in both Pitchfork and Rolling Stone...
Twin Shadow has posted a brand new track, 'Old Love / New Love', his first new material since last year's album, Confess.
The track appears in the soundtrack for the most anticipated new game of the year, Grand Theft Auto V, released today via Rockstar Games. Not only is the track included, George also has the honour of hosting his own in game radio station called Radio Mirror Park...
Twin Shadow is the latest act to record for the 4AD Sessions series. Filmed at Teddington Studios at the back end of 2010, the session airs ahead of the band's debut European tour and gives fans a real insight into the band's live set up following the release of debut album, Forget, last year.
While Twin Shadow has long been seen as the work of lead singer George Lewis Jr., the four session...