Everyone hates it when an artist tries to harken a music era of the past and the sound comes out cheesy and contrived. The artist, good intentions aside, makes themselves look like they’re trying too hard, also known back in the middle school day as a poseur.
Then there are artists who blow you away with a fresh perspective of an old sound. That’s what Twin Shadow is to me. His music harkens back to the synth pop fusion sound of the ’80s, but in his own way makes it modern and present. A lot of people seem to agree with me too (not that it matters, because this is my blog).
You guessed it folks, here are my favorite songs:
Golden Light - It’s his description of a chance encounter where he pins thoughts of romantic interest and debates with himself what to do next (if anything). A repetitive couplet throughout the song is “And if I chase after you/ Doesn’t mean that it’s true.” At first, analyzing the lyrics I got a little creeped out but as I read on there’s a hook at the end that sums up his loneliness and curiosity to see where this encounter may go “It’s been so long, so long/ Since I fell apart/ Fell in love.” He’s just like any old human being, not a creepy stalker. Anyway the sound of this song is great too, with a great beat and memorable melodies. It retains a vintage sound while yet still having enough modern updates to feel fresh and not an 80s wannabe.
You Call Me On - I personally like the guitar intro and the overall composition of this song. He’s singing about being in a different head space but still being drawn to another person in another different headspace, and the frustration that can come from it, the chorus being “You call me on/ Give it up/ Give it up” I interpret as frustration yet still being intrigued.
Run My Heart- This song straight up sounds like The Police, but I’m okay with that. It’s about falling out of love and not being able to bring it back to what it was. He’s very simplistic in his lyrics but they’re clear and get the point across, which I can appreciate.
The One- I like how upbeat this song is, and that it showcases his singing (something about men who can sing…). This song is sweet, it plays on the whole “The One” person notion. It evokes a certain emotion and the whole idea that we save our love for the right person. Again, these are all concepts and ideas. It’s a thoughtful, beautiful song. He has a nice voice too.
SO yeah, that’s Twin Shadow for ya, I really like it, I wasn’t sure what to expect when i first got the music, being that I heard about it through Pitchfork, but it’s pretty legit. Thanks for reading.