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Twin Shadow: Forget

Twin Shadow uses sounds from the early-’80s New Romanticism to create a pop sound that's “refreshing and even dazzling.”

(Terrible Records)

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At first listen, this unusual debut sounds like merely a “pitch-perfect” throwback to early-’80s New Romanticism, said Ian Cohen in Spin. George Lewis Jr., a 26-year-old singer-composer who records as Twin Shadow, even sports a pompadour as he channels the “melodic grace” of Morrissey, Roxy Music, and early Depeche Mode. Yet Forget is “no mere curiosity.” Lewis finds emotional resonance in “the sounds of the past,” but he uses them to create a pop sound that’s “refreshing and even dazzling,” said Liz Colville in Pitchforkmedia.com. Delicate ribbons of strings and flutes intertwine to add depth to the dance-floor-ready “I Can’t Wait.” Icy synths, sharp hi-hats, and handclaps underline the chilly emotions of “Castles in the Snow.” But while Forget has an “impressive sonic sheen,” it also feels pared to the essentials. “The songs may be catchy,” but their “thoughtful storytelling makes them stick,” and the “skillful restraint” of the album’s production “makes it sound better with every spin.”

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