If you haven't been listening to Twin Shadow, you might want to give it a try. Promoting his third album, Eclipse, frontman George Lewis Jr. has collaborated with the likes of HAIM, worked on his new album with Billy Idol and now adds a performance with Hollywood royalty and Lolawolf queen Zoë Kravitz to his résumé.
After surviving a major bus accident last month that left his hand in what he tweeted as a "massive" cast, GLJ managed to completely tear through his live performances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, last night. In a special online performance, he sang one of Sade's signature hits, "No Ordinary Love," alongside Kravitz. GLJ puts his trademark rasp and spin on the 23-year-old song (wow, I feel old) and Kravitz lays a cool vibrato on top. It's crazy-good, and crazy different from the Sade cover that Iron & Wine and Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell recently gave us on Letterman.
Twin Shadow also performed a stripped down version of Eclipse's "I'm Ready," a welcome nod to his lo-fi first-album, Forget. While the new record is definitely benefiting from the crisp production value that a major label provides, the live performance is a reminder of what still lies beneath those earnest vocals.
Last week, the band released the video for "I'm Ready." Again, a major departure from the video for his first single "Slow" (an amazing NSFW throwback to a snuff film audition), the new clip feels like a highly produced, grayscale version of Sin City meets Herb Ritts. It's entertaining and catchy, proving that the band still has places to go while holding on to the essence of where they've been.