Twin Shadow has, over his first three albums, gradually been evolving his trademark 80s-influenced, nostalgia-pop sound. His fourth effort, Caer, is a continuation of this theme.
Opener Brace is an understated, but catchy, alternate-R’n’B synth-pop track, which is followed by the Wham-esque Saturdays (featuring Haim), a joyful new wave number. Sympathy pushes George Lewis Jr to his limit, channelling the synth-pop vibe of British singer Shura.
It’s the closing songs that really bring the album to life. Runaway and Bombs Away (RLP) both include spoken word accounts, while Obvious People is the most intense, with its shuddering 80s darkwave, and microscopic look at paranoia. Little Woman is equally art-noire pop, with harsh distorted chords and plucked violins.
While there are no low points, there aren’t any wild or definitive moments either. When You’re Wrong shows hints of The Weeknd, Littlest Things has a decent chorus hook, and Too Many Colours has a distinct glam-rock Bowie vibe, but none show Twin Shadow outside his comfort zone. Caer is decent, but there’s nothing too unexpected.
Edited by Ginny Wong