He was born in the Dominican Republic, grew up in Florida and now makes his home in Brooklyn. George Lewis Jr. grew up listening to a wide range of music, including punk, classic rock and R&B. The expressive singer has been making his mark in the chillwave genre under the name Twin Shadow for close to a decade. His first LP, Forget, came out in 2010, immediately impressing critics. PopMusic called it “a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we’ve ever seen. It might not change your life, but it will bury itself deep into your brain and make you feel good and warm for a couple of days.” Twin Shadow (above, doing “Old Love/New Love” for WFUV FM) returned with a third full-length, the more stylized Eclipse (stream it below), late last winter. “It’s rarely subtle sonically,” according to Entertainment Weekly, “synths come in bursts, bass lines thump like they’re reaching for the strobe lights—but Lewis’ seductive voice provides an irresistible tether.” Now touring the country, he plays Terminal 5 on Thursday. Brother-sister duo Wild Belle and Helado Negro open the show.
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You may have first come across Russ Manning as the bassist for Twin Shadow. But Manning’s interests go beyond filling out half of a rhythm section. The Brooklyn-raised musician, who studied jazz at Oberlin college, says he’s always had an interest in pop music. And he’d increasingly wanted to do something on his own, plus he “wanted something masculine, and I wanted something dark and mysterious.” Last year, as Rush Midnight (above, the video for “Crush”), Manning released his debut EP, +1 (stream it below), expertly filled with bits of disco, reggae and New Wave.
Producer-performer Erin Rioux, also a Brooklyn guy, makes cool electronic psychedelic music that gets people moving. So you can expect a full-on dance party with Rioux (below, live in studio) and Rush Midnight at tomorrow night’s late show at Mercury Lounge.
Twin Shadow – Webster Hall – September 27, 2012
Musician George Lewis Jr., who performs under the moniker Twin Shadow, certainly has a lot to say about love and its many bewitching powers. And while Twin Shadow may be preoccupied by matters of the heart, fortunately for the sold-out crowd at Webster Hall last night, Lewis chooses to croon about his feelings over some intensely catchy pop beats—like a series of danceable diary entries. As colorful geometric-patterned video projections provided a backdrop, the band performed a smattering of romance-fixated songs from their aptly titled new record, Confess, including “Beg for the Night” (“When this love starts / Won’t hurt anymore”), “Five Seconds” (“Five seconds in your heart / Straight to your heart / I can’t get to your heart”) and “Run My Heart” (“You don’t run my heart…I’m not in love”).
While Lewis laid his heart on the line, the densely packed crowd danced, clapped and sang along in approval. And with hints of an ’80s New Wave sound rippling through some of Twin Shadow’s material, they do not stray from exploring a range of musical territory. “At My Heels” was bright and eclectic, featuring Lewis singing some surreal musings on ghosts, while “I Don’t Care” had a dark pop bravado and with a few tweaks, could perhaps be a very believable Justin Timberlake hit.
Despite matching the power of his sentiments with equally powerful rhythms, during the shows’ encore, Lewis returned to the stage with just his guitar, the band hanging back momentarily. He proceeded to perform a slow, stark rendition of “The One” (“So I’m putting all my love / On the one, the one who’s always there”), stripped of the Culture Club–style bounce of the album version. Providing a solid showcase for Lewis’ smooth vocals, it was also a chance to let the lyrics speak for themselves, and a brief respite from the show’s sweaty dance marathon. —Alena Kastin