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4AD Summer: Confessions of Twin Shadow

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4AD Summer: Confessions of Twin Shadow

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George Lewis Jr. has a need for speed. When he’s not crafting hazy, new-wave songs as Twin Shadow, the 27-year-old Brooklynite likes to go hog-wild on his 1972 Triumph Bonneville. He loves motorcycles so much that he actually named himself in their honor. “Twin is a type of motorcycle engine, and the Shadow is the first bike I ever wanted,” he says. Lewis is currently in L.A., where he recorded Confess (out via 4AD on July 9), the followup to his debut album, Forget. In between rehearsals for his upcoming tour, Lewis is taking advantage of the Golden State’s twisty highways and open roads. “When I’m riding alone on my motorcycle, I feel connected with the rest of the world—with the cars, with the streets, with the people, and with the cities.”

Lewis was born in the Dominican Republic but spent a troubled youth in Venice, a manmade island in rural Florida. He left for the East Coast when, he says, “I realized I didn’t want to be in a nü-metal band, which is the only option down there.” After a brief stint in Boston, he landed in Brooklyn, where, newly transplanted in the country’s most fertile ground for independent music, he met Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor, who produced Forget. The result, Confess, is 11 tracks of haunting, revivalist pop, an ode to the mope-rock of the ’80s and a modern soundtrack to boozy, endless nights. Speaking of which, he says, “I think people go to see live shows so they can watch someone transcend onstage, and I can’t. I’m blind to it. But I’ll still go and hang out on the lawn and get drunk.”