Today, Twin Shadow releases a single for his Confess track “The One”. But it’s not the album version. Rather, it’s a version George Lewis Jr. performed with just his guitar on KCRW‘s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” program this fall. The single, which is available on iTunes, comes accompanied by a new video made by Lewis Jr. himself, featuring a montage of images from his life (a girl smoking, his motorcycle, a friend at a café).
In a press release, Lewis Jr. said:
While out on our Ton Up Tour a fan approached me with a heavy observation and question about the song ‘The One.’ He said, ‘George I am confused by the lyrics in your songs on Confess, particularly on the song ‘The One,’ you seem torn between honoring someone who cares about you and someone you can’t have, the whole record seems like this, don’t you think it’s confusing… To which i replied ‘Yes its very f****** confusing isn’t it.’ As I thought about it weeks after and while making this video I realized again what Confess meant for me. It was a chance to be totally honest, and say that nothing is perfect, but faith in someone who gives themselves to you is very real and very beautiful; That all this bizarre love we have has to go someplace, and it can be as simple as pushing it against a person who is constant.
I thought about how a lot of my songs often get lumped into being just about a girl, (which may be so in this song) but what about the other constants in my life? My old friends in New York and my new friends in LA, they are “the ones” as well… I throw my love to them. I hope you do the same with the people you find close.
Watch a Pitchfork.tv session featuring Twin Shadow performing “Patient”: