It’s moody and dark in all the right places. It’s groovy and danceable in all the rest. Twin Shadow‘s Forget — one of the surprise gems of 2010’s musical landscape — is all about the vibe, and George Lewis, Jr. worked incredibly hard to make sure it was just the right mix of fun and mystery, wrapped in a style vaguely reminiscent of 80’s post-punk and synth-pop.
As of late, Twin Shadow has popped up with remixes of bands like Oh Land, Hooray For Earth, Surfer Blood and The Chain Gang of 1974. He’s toured with Lia Ices, Bright Eyes, Glasser and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. It’s clear his ability to construct smoky soundscapes and delicious grooves has caught the attention of plenty of indie and underground artists.
Forget emerged at just the right time. It was late summer, just before the leaves began to turn and the air started to chill. And now, in the sweltering July heat of Chicago, plenty of hipsters will get to show off their low-key dance moves when Twin Shadow takes the stage Saturday evening at the Pitchfork Music Festival. I’ll be in that sea of humanity, absorbing the waves of bass and basking in the joyful haze Lewis, Jr. so adeptly creates.