Published Jul 02, 2012Following 2010's outstanding Forget, new wave enthusiast Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) is back with the hotly anticipated follow-up. The enigmatically titled Confess will drop on July 10 via 4AD, and you can stream the entire record now at Exclaim.ca.
In a compelling press release, the pristinely quaffed Lewis explained that Confess was inspired by some insanely fast motorcycle rides around Los Angeles, where the collection was recorded.
We'll leave you with his statement, which is well worth the read. Scroll past that to listen to a stream of the whole album, and be sure to catch Twin Shadow when he hits the road in North American this summer. See the dates here.
From George Lewis Jr.:
One winter I crashed my motorcycle, with a friend on the back. I shouldn't have been riding that day, but I was young and fearless of the black roads, fast and easy in my ways. As the bike slipped from under us my head filled with words. The slow-motion moments of calm just after surprise and just before regret are bliss. I remember in that moment I wanted to say everything to him. How could I say everything in a split second? How could I bury my words in his heart?
I got a new bike and went to L.A. to record what is now called Confess. I took the bike out at 6 a.m. one morning after not having done much riding in the couple years between Forget and Confess. I noticed my head clearing as I came slowly down a hill where the road around a reservoir began. I pulled back slowly on the throttle with my right hand, and felt the bike start to come to life. My head was still crystal clear... nothing.
As I kicked the bike into 3rd, I pulled almost all the way back and jumped forward leaning in towards the gas tank, fighting the wind. I got up to 75 and saw that no one was out but the runners and their four legged friends, the sidewalks became a blur of barking dogs and heads all turning. My mind was empty. I put the bike in 4th and hit 90. The engine jackhammered under my legs. My mind was clear. I inched toward 100 on the speedometer and punch the last five. TON UP! My mind is filled with words. My heart is full of love. This is where I want to be. I want to stay here, and I want to tell you everything.
UPDATE: This stream was available for one week only and is no longer available.