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Album Review: Confess- Twin Shadow

The album’s flagship song, “Five Seconds,” harkens back to the mind-numbingly exciting days when people uttered the words, “hey, have you heard Joy Division?”

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Listen, I love Sisters of Mercy, okay? Stop laughing, a-hole, this doesn’t make me feel anymore masculine than Burt Reynolds in a pair of jellies and a Rainbow Bright T-shirt. Burt and I know how this makes us look, but we don’t care. Just remember, Burt can certainly still whip your ass and keep his mustache dry in the process… and we go way back. But do I digress? Absolutely not! 

Much like Burt Reynolds in a Rainbow Bright T-Shirt, the music of Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.), and his new album, “Confess,” has a feminine quality protected by the ability to get dangerous at a moment’s notice. The album’s flagship song, “Five Seconds,” harkens back to the mind-numbingly exciting days when people uttered the words, “hey, have you heard Joy Division…” for the first time. Twin Shadow takes his listeners on a low-rider adventure through a strangely familiar new-wave battlefield… only the beasts are real, alien, and just now becoming known to science. 

George Lewis Jr’s Dominican Republic motherland has given America a kaleidoscopic, original, and youthful take on the electronic over-and-underground music of the Regan era. While some of us were still drooling in the decade of greed…   the “Confess” album reveals to us what we were too young to digest in real time. Unlike similar contemporary artists like Neon Indian, Chairlift, or Grimes, Twin Shadow sews his influences directly on the bloody flesh of his dominant arm. I hate to speak for Twin Shadow, but the music truly speaks for itself; George Lewis Jr loves Sisters of Mercy, Keith Sweat, and Tears For Fears, and I don’t think he gives two damns if you know about it. 

It is great to know that there is a man out there standing unashamed… straddling the shoulders of under-appreciated artists… ready to show the rest of us what we are missing.

Artist: Twin Shadow

Album: Confess

Released: 2012

Label: 4ad

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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