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Twin Shadow @ 7th St. Entry
August 7th, 2012
Returning for a second night in a row at the 7th Street Entry was Twin Shadow on August 7, 2012. Before George Lewis Jr. took the stage was opener Poolside, a duo out of LA. From these guys and their touring band, the crowd experienced a perfect dose of funk-ified summer-y jams to warm them up for TS later that night. If you were to mix the synths of bands like Tycho, the energy and sass of Fundadelic, and the seductive vocals of Twin Shadow, you would have Poolside - the perfect potion for get-in-the-zone, feel good funk music.
You could definitely tell it was a sold out show that night at the Entry; as the night went on, personal space decreased as more people stuffed the dance floor. Once Twin Shadow took the stage, however, I think I speak for most people when I say that was completely forgotten. Frontman George Lewis Jr. (wearing a hat that hid his infamously beautiful hair - as pointed out by an audience member) owned the stage that night. He started the set out with three songs off his latest release, Confess; "Golden Light" kicked the night off with the perfect amount of dance moves. The whole set was planned out excellently, I thought. He spoke in between just enough songs, slowed things down a few times during the night with songs like "Forget" but got right back into the groove with high energy anthems like "Five Seconds". He even hopped off stage and completely shredded on guitar while buzzing around the crowd.
What made the night truly special was how much Lewis thanked the crowd and complimented Minneapolis throughout the entire set. He called Minneapolis one of the most underrated cities in the country, and you could tell he meant it. He appreciated how awesome the people and the city are here, but we aren't too cocky and proud about it, like a lot of cities. I'm pretty sure everyone in the crowd was extremely pleased when he announced he will absolutely never skip over Minneapolis while touring.
Written by Amanda Reeder, Radio K volunteer
But where Forget was focused on the feelings of the past, Confess is all about the details of the present. Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. meticulously wrote and produced each song, including recording almost every instrument and dub on the album. His effort and attention to detail pays off. There isn’t a moment where his dedication isn’t both self-evident and rewarding.
George Lewis easily combines the flanged guitar and synth organ sounds of 80’s New Wave with cutting edge, hip hop influenced beats and synths. Every track is carefully enshrined within a shimmering halo of reverb. However, this is no lush, shoegaze reverb. This is the hollow ambiance that comes from confessing your sins in the belly of a barren cathedral.
Confess truly shines when Lewis lets loose on the uptempo tracks like Five Seconds, Beg for the Night or Golden Light, which perfectly capture his renegade, motorcycle riding persona dealing with the untimely end of his relationships. He boasts about his unflinching acceptance and indifference, yet every boast reveals his own insecurities and weaknesses.
Over the years, Lewis has never stopped refining his sound, leading to an incredibly cohesive album. Every track flows right into the next with a perfect cadence of slow and soft mixed with fast and heavy. The range of expression he can coerce out of his synths and guitars is staggering. In a moment they can change from delicate and intimate to triumphant and boisterous. This emotion is matched by the lyrical content and their delivery, leading to a powerful look inside the heart of a renegade.
Twin Shadow is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist George Lewis Jr. Started in 2006, Twin Shadow released its first album, Forget, in 2010.
Written by Alex Breyfogle, Radio K volunteer.