Twin Shadow’s (real name George Lewis Jr.) debut album is made up of wonky, disco-induced, twisted pop songs that at times evoke the stark and humble beauty of Arthur Russell and also the occasional fragmented beats of Talking Heads. It’s an album that is equally sinister and seducing; it’s sleazy but charming, full of opposing dualities and as a result it’s an obliquely enchanting record. Co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, it hums, glistens and radiates to merge a solidifying sonic mould that does nothing but elevate the songs to a level of stature that perhaps they may not have been able to climb without its aid. And while ‘Forget’ may arguably follow in the footsteps of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, there is more than enough substance here for Lewis Jr. to stride ahead of his contemporaries and impressive label mates at 4AD.

By Daniel Dylan Wray

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