Forget the Dollar General or the local dollar theater… Spending your dollar on Twin Shadow’s debut record is a much better use of your capital.
However; much like a voyage to the cinema, Forget is an intricate, narrative, adventure into the depths of the human mind. The story unfolds carefully at first, preluding its way through the first couple of chapters (“Tyrant Destroyed” and “When We’re Dancing”), and then suddenly switches into more ambient and enveloping territories, complete with peculiar side sound-decor and ear-catching embellishments (“I Can’t Wait” and “Shooting Holes”).
The consistent element of the set, though, is the engaging and unorthodox melody-weaving of sole member and skilled song-crafter George Lewis Jr.— The riveting, gripping chorus of “For Now” is an amiably memorable segment, the tickling theme of “At My Heels”‘s verses precedes its stimulating and entrancing refrain (“Lean your ladder against my window / I’ll come down”), and “Castles in the Snow” is cornerstoned on an achingly dark sound-palette and entwines steep melodic strains with ferociously memorable lyrical phrases (“You’re my favorite daydream / I’m your famous nightmare..”).
Mega-ballad “Slow” is an additional burst of marvel-worthy, star-lit sensationalism; a captivating reverie that requires at least four or five concentrated listens to fully appreciate.
And, in summary, that complexity is the simple beauty that defines Forget.
Those classic records that knocked our feet out from under us on first encounter (ex: OK Computer, Congratulations, Meddle) — Those are the records that take us considerable amounts of precious time to unlock and decode. They are also the records that stay with us for most of our lives.
Needless to say, Forget is clearly one of those records.