Twin Shadow

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Twin Shadow
Twin Shadow Old Love New Love.jpg
Twin Shadow "Old Love/New Love" 2013
Background information
Birth name George Lewis Jr.
Born 1983 (age 31–32)
Dominican Republic
Origin Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
Years active 2000–present

George Lewis Jr. (born 1983), better known by his stage name Twin Shadow, is an American singer. He has released three albums - Forget (2010), Confess (2012) and Eclipse (2015) - to positive reviews.


Lewis was born in 1983[4] in the Dominican Republic and raised in Florida. Lewis's first exposure to music started by singing in his church choir.[5] While growing up, Lewis listened to punk music, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Boyz II Men, Keith Sweat, and Bobby Brown.[5] Around 2000, he moved to Boston and started the band Mad Man Films alongside Joseph Ciampini (drums) (of Hooray For Earth), and Zak Longo (bass) of Before Lazers. Mad Man Films released two records independently. In 2006, not satisfied with recording music for theatre and films, Lewis moved to Brooklyn, NY and started the Twin Shadow project.[2] Twin Shadow was the Rolling Stone Band of the Week on October 7, 2010.

In 2013, Lewis appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto V as a DJ for the Radio Mirror Park radio station.

Forget (2010)[edit]

Forget has also been described as "steeped in 1980s new wave",[1] "building from streaks of haunting synth textures",[6] having "sophisticated melodies", "R&B intimacy", and "poetic lyrics",[7] and "hazily new wave-tinged pop".[8]

Confess (2012)[edit]

In 2012, the follow-up album, Confess, produced by Lewis himself, was released. Lewis gained inspiration for the album after experiencing a motorcycle accident in Boston.[9] Two of the album's songs, "Five Seconds" and "Patient", were transformed into a music video saga which drew inspiration from Lewis's novel Night of the Silver Sun.[10] The A.V. Club described the album as "filled with Morrissey-esque yelps and Human League-worthy choruses, [...] Twin Shadow manages to digest his influences rather than simply replicate them. Confess retains the humid fog that saturated Forget, but the instrumentation is brighter, louder, and sharper. Synthesizers punch through the atmosphere, and Lewis' exquisite croon floats above it all."[11]

Eclipse (2015)[edit]

After criticising his own work for being too elitist,[12] Lewis set out to create a more approachable album;[13] his first with a major record label, Warner Music. Carl Wilson of Billboard Magazine notes that Twin Shadow has left behind much of his "foggy layers of synths and drum machines" reminiscent of the likes of Depeche Mode and Simple Minds in favor of a more contemporary sound.[12] Eclipse is also noted for Lewis' almost complete departure from guitar playing, a conscious decision according to a Pitchfork interview in January, 2015.[14]


Twin Shadow played Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2011, Sasquatch Music Festival in May 2011 and May 2013, San Miguel Primavera Sound in May 2011 and both Pitchfork Music Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June 2011. He supported Florence and the Machine at certain performances during their 2011 U.S. Tour. 2014 sees him touring with his "Eclipse Tour", that includes the international festival circuit before concluding in North America.[15]

Twin Shadow at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, August 5, 2012



Lewis has written a novel called The Night of the Silver Sun.[23]


Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Changes"[24]
  • "Five Seconds"
  • "The One" (Live on KCRW)[25]
  • "Old Love/New Love"[26]
  • "To the Top" (released April 15, 2014)
  • "Turn Me Up"


  • Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • N.E.R.D. Feat Daft Punk - Hypnotize Remix (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark Remix (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Oh Land - White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • MS MR - Hurricane (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Wim - See You Hurry (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Hooray For Earth - "Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing (Twin Shadow Remix)
  • SKATERS - Deadbolt (Twin Shadow Remix)


In 2013, Twin Shadow launched the UNDER THE CVRS series in which he covers requested songs from various artists.


Episode #1.435 (2011) (writer: "Castles in the Snow" / performer: "Castles in the Snow")
As himself – musical guest[31]
Episode #578 (Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014) (song performed: "To The Top")
As himself – musical guest[32][33][34][35]
Season 22 Episode #27 (Tuesday, February 17, 2015) (song performed:"Turn Me Up")
As himself – musical guest[36]


  1. ^ a b Colville, Liz (October 4, 2010). "Twin Shadow: Forget". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Concert Photos: Twin Shadow’s ‘Confess’ Tour Stops at San Francisco’s American Music Hall For Double Bill". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Twin Shadow: Forget (Terrible) | Under the Radar - Music Magazine". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  4. ^ Bermingham, Finbarr. "Twin Shadow: Born in the 80s". The Skinny. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Drever, Ryan (November 18, 2010). "Twin Shadow - Forget". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ Berg, Jeffery (November 22, 2010). "Twin Shadow – The New New New Wave". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Wright, Lisa (November 12, 2010). "Twin Shadow - Forget". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (July 5, 2012). "Twin Shadow – Interview". Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Minsker, Evan (July 10, 2012). "Video: Twin Shadow: "Patient"". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Eby, Margaret (2012-07-10). "Review: Twin Shadow: Confess · Music Review". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  12. ^ a b Wilson, Carl. "Album Review: Twin Shadow Clears the Electronic Fog on Major-Label Debut ‘Eclipse’". Billboard. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Leas, Ryan. "Q&A: Twin Shadow On Eclipse, Signing To Warner Bros., & Indie Vs. Pop". Stereogum. Retrieved 19 March 2015. I know that that can appeal to what people call an 'indie audience.' Or right now, making something that’s minimal and R&B would be appealing to an indie audience. I understand those games very well. But I try not to make music in the shadow of that knowledge, you know? My ambition is to get as many people to hear my music as possible. If that makes me 'pop,' then that makes me pop. 
  14. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Twin Shadow". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Twin Shadow Announces "Eclipse Tour"". 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  16. ^ ""A Place We Like" | Forkcast Archive". 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  17. ^ "Listen: Twin Shadow Remixes Lady Gaga". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  18. ^ "Listen: Twin Shadow Remixes Neon Indian". 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  19. ^ "Listen: Haim: "Edge" (Co-Written With Twin Shadow)". 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  20. ^ "Flume Details Mixtape Featuring Ghostface, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How to Dress Well, Autre Ne Veut". 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  21. ^ Breihan, Tom. "Zeds Dead & Twin Shadow – “Lost You”". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  22. ^ "Premiere: Wrestlers x D'Angelo Lacy x Twin Shadow - "Say Anything" | Pigeons & Planes". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  23. ^ "Read an Excerpt From Twin Shadow's Novel". 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  24. ^ "Listen to Twin Shadow's New Single". 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  25. ^ "The One (Live on KCRW) by Twin Shadow". 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  26. ^ "Twin Shadow: "Old Love/New Love"". 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  27. ^ "Watch: Twin Shadow Covers 10cc's "I'm Not In Love"". 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  28. ^ "Watch: Twin Shadow Covers Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire"". 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  29. ^ "Watch: Twin Shadow Covers Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years"". 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  30. ^ "Watch Twin Shadow Cover Lou Reed's "Perfect Day"". 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  31. ^ "Twin Shadow". Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  32. ^ "Tonight we meet the man the myth the legend #coco | Twin Shadow". 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  33. ^ "Tryin on my late night legs | Twin Shadow". 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  34. ^ "Conan Show Guests Schedule: June 2 - 5, 2014". 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  35. ^ "Twin Shadow". 1969-12-31. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 
  36. ^ "Late Show with David Letterman : Season 22, Episode 96 : Dakota Johnson/David Tochinskiy/Twin Shadow". 17 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18. 

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