Posts Tagged ‘twin shadow’

Brooklyn Mix

August 8th, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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After years of dreaming about it, two weeks ago, I finally made the move to Brooklyn. Every day I wakeup and walk outside here, and I think, “Yes. I made it.” And I think my living here finally has led me to better understand the music of Brooklyn. So I put together a little mix with just nine of the amazing bands that this borough can proudly claim as its own.

There is kind of an overarching Brooklyn sound. It’s tattooed and bearded. Fearlessly experimental. Almost sunbaked and windswept. And the musicians are incredible, but smart and talented enough not to fall into cliched patterns or sound overly ‘professional’.

Have You Heard The New…Twin Shadow Album?

July 7th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

So Twin Shadow‘s got a new album out called Confess and it’s really good. But is it better than his last album, Forget?

Honestly, I haven’t decided yet, but I don’t think so. That being said, it’s a very close call. Confess is – in accordance with its title – a more emotional album. It sounds more emotional – less slick. That’s not to say that George Lewis Jr. has lost his mojo – he hasn’t. But he’s definitely letting listeners in on some kind of sadness that exists below that sleek veneer. This means that Confess is actually a deeper, more interesting and rewarding album – but also one that’s a bit less fun than Forget. Cuz it was fun to root for the dude positioning himself as the Rapunzle figure who has girls bringing ladders to his window so he can come down and meet them; the dude who would steal chicks from other dudes who couldn’t dance. Come on, as long as the girl he’s stealing isn’t yours, you love that dude cuz he’s awesome. It’s a bit of a drag sometimes to hear that that dude is actually kind of sad at the end of the day.

But Confess is not a sad album – though it is an album that contains a good deal of sadness. The flip side of that coin is the rush of Twin Shadow‘s music and the lovely, no doubt hugely 80’s indebted sounds, especially those absurdly Prince-like guitars and synths. If the lyrics are lacking much joy, then you can find that joy in the sounds Lewis revels in re-creating. Indeed, Twin Shadow has always been a good source for pretty sounds.

I doubt any fan of Twin Shadow will be disappointed in Confess, and indeed a lot of things could have gone wrong with it. Luckily, they didn’t. Regardless of whether you prefer ladykiller Twin Shadow or sad ladykiller Twin Shadow, you’d be hardpressed not to still like both anyways.

Have You Heard The New…Twin Shadow?

May 2nd, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

Everything about this new track from Twin Shadow reminds me a lot of Prince – the upcoming album its coming off of, titled Confess; its dirty, choppy guitars; the part when he yelps, “There’s no way! Get it on!” or something. George Lewis Jr. himself (as he’s presented) also has that ambiguous works-for-everyone sexuality that Prince has. So is he ‘the new Prince’? In some sense, yes, because perhaps more than anyone around right now he’s fusing black and white music (at this point nearly archaic concepts, yet still somewhat existent) into a perfectly melded sound, and there’s the sexuality shtick (as just discussed) there in full force too. On the other hand, will he eventually display the ambition and complex, intriguing personality that made Prince such an icon? Can any artist in today’s indie world? Or has the field just changed too much to allow such superstars to exist (the last one possibly being Jack White)? Perhaps we gotta wait and see.

As a song, “Five Seconds” is great and if it forecasts anything about Confess , that should be a worth or more-than-worthy follow up to the awesome Forget. It’s got a killer melody, a great diversity of colourful sounds, and a solid driving beat, though perhaps one a little on the simple side compared to the intricacy of some of the ones on Forget. In terms of comparison to what’s come before, it sounds a little more 80s, a little more playful, but still just really cool.

CANT

August 17th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Chris Taylor (best known as a member of Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear) seems like a pretty cool dude. If not, he at least does a lot of cool stuff. In addition to his day job in Grizzly Bear, the guy runs Terrible Studio in Brooklyn and produced some awesome records by bands like The Morning Benders, Twin Shadow and The Dirty Projectors. He also runs the label Terrible Records which has put out cool stuff by Class Actress and Acrylics. Now he’s got a solo album coming out under the moniker CANT called Dreams Come True. Should be cool. Below is the latest track, “Believe”.

Top Ten Of ’10: #10-#6

December 14th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

It’s been an amazing year for music, with albums from almost all of the major players in indie rock (not gonna say who, as that might give away the next five choices). Even better: almost all of them met or exceeded expectations. New players sprouted up with homemade albums, and bands that had released three songs online went on tour to sold out shows, all thanks to the power of Pitchfork and the blogosphere. Rapid advancement in music making and music recording technology resulted in some incredible new sounds, new styles, and some very exciting evolution in the music being made today in indie rock and its various sister genres. Anyways, here are my picks for top ten album of ’10: #10-#6. Check back soon for #5-#1 and picks from the other Gold Soundz team members.

10. Wild Nothing – Gemini

Jack Tatum‘s moody, 80s homaging collection of mopey shoegaze songs was another one of the many great debuts of 2010. You would think there would be more moody kids making gorgeous albums with a debt to emotional saviours like Johnny Marr and Kevin Shields. I mean, you can now, it’s easy it is to record stuff and put it online. Maybe there are 1000 other Gemini‘s by kids from all over the world, it’s just that none of them are good as Wild Nothing’s.

9. Twin Shadow – Forget

The debut album of the fashionably barbered George Lewis Jr. is a funky, futuristic-RnB masterpiece. Impeccably crafted, compositionally inspired, masterfully performed – and yet, it still feels kind of like he might have made it on his laptop (did he?). The lyrics were astounding, lines like, “If it wasn’t enough to hear you speak/They had to give you lips like that,” and “There is no key to my gate/But you can still come around/Leave your ladder at my window/I’ll come down,” knocked me out cold. If Twin Shadow never makes another great album – and often those who arrive too fully formed can never repeat the magic of the first album – his reputation is already sealed with this brilliance work.

8. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes’ follow-up to The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse – Grubtunes’ top album of ’07 – met the high expectations that had been set for it. Though it didn’t have the prog-pop majesty of its predecessor, Roaring Night found the Besnards writing songs that felt bigger and more epic. “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent: Part 2” and “Light Up The Night” grew to massive proportions as they proceeded – structured in a linear fashion unlike the more circular pop songs of Dark Horse – until, by the end of the song, the stretched tension you could hear from the very beginning of the song exploded into a gorgeous onslaught of wailing guitars, soaring vocals, and pounding drums. Sprinkled among the epics were Olga’s beautiful shorter tracks such as leadoff single “Albatross” and the synthy closer “The Lonely Moan”.

7. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

I’ve written about MBDTF before so there’s not too much more to say. Kanye put together a beautiful album: he broke all the rules, used phenomenal samples, powerful spoken word clips, killer beats, had mindblowing guest spots from Elton John to Bon Iver, and wrote a clever, funny, touching set of songs about Kanye West (of course) and what it’s like to be him. The amazing thing though is how totally self-aware he is as he analyzes his flaws and his public persona. “They said I was the abomination of Obama’s nation,” Kanye sings in “Power”. Well, Kanye, you’re a lot of things…and one of those things is the most talented rap artist currently making music.

6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Either Arcade Fire is the biggest indie band in the world right now or it just feels like they are. This record went to #1, they played a sold out Madison Square Garden show broadcast all over the world, and they donated a million dollars to Haiti – that’s badass. Luckily their music is good too. This latest entry, The Suburbs, is a sprawling, thoughtful, and important collection of songs. Arcade Fire reflect upon the subtle despair facing the youth of North America today growing up amidst a global economic recession. As they leave their cozy, crumbling suburbs “built in the 70s” to enter the bleak, jobless landscape of the city, they’ll have to search for some kind existential salvation within an increasingly modern, fast paced, emotionally destitute, money-mad world. But the Arcade Fire have always been about finding some kind of beauty and hope in the darkness, and that’s what The Suburbs is all about…then again…there’s only so much hope to be found…