"Everything I do, I mean sincerely, but there is a little joke within this one. In every critique of Twin Shadow, there is a dropping of Morrissey’s name, which I always thought was funny because I have never really been a huge fan of Morrissey or the Smiths. [Laughs] So it’s a nod to people calling me 'the Dominican Morrissey'. I think part of it is just that the trend in underground music the last 20 years has been to sing in a high, sort of whiny voice—coming from that MGMT, John Lennon place. I have a gloomy, low-ish voice, so I think people attach that to Morrissey." —Twin [...]
This video that some people who go by the name The Directors Nod made for the Twin Shadow song "At My Heels" makes me laugh a lot. Even on repeated viewings. It's basically the directors making fun of the "director's commentary" tracks that you can watch on DVDs of artsy movies. Twin Shadow's album Forget is one of my favorite things from last year. It's like A Flock of Seagulls and Human League meet Prince or something. I love it.
So the new Twin Shadow video, which had a big public debut in Times Square yesterday, is very disappointing. The song is so good, with those amazing bell synths, stolen from that old Naked Eyes gem. I don't know why they (George Lewis, Jr. and director Keith Musil) didn't use better lighting in the middle of a dark forest. You can't see anything. (Maybe it looked better on giant LED screens in Times Square?) Or, more disturbingly, why they chose to go all Braveheart on the viewer. It seems they've confused violence with heroism. Or even just, excitement. It's like "the new video for Killer Mike's [...]
Oooh! New music from Twin Shadow, whose 2010 album, Forget, is one of the best albums of the past few years. A new album, Confess, is coming in July. Those two album titles back to back make me think of the old Steve Martin joke about how everybody should be able to get out of any situation by claiming faulty memory. ("You say to the judge, 'I forgot armed robbery was illegal.'") But that's probably not what Twin Shadow has in mind. [Via]