Out with the old and in with the new, they say. Well I don’t fully agree with that. There’s nothing wrong in sticking to the principles of the old if it bloody works. Why do you think phrases like “Old School” and “Retro” became on-trend? Everybody wants to have that NEW sound, but there’s always been something inherently cool about the old. That’s why hipsters and so-called ‘true’ muso’s always pretend to be massive fans of The Beatles and Eric Clapton. Rightly so as well. It’s the old that pioneered music to what it is today and needs to admired and remodeled.
But it’s not always about black and white oldies like The Beatles. Sometimes when a band finds a great sound, that kind of old can be applied to the second album or release to almost replicate throughout a whole new LP, and a lot of people have a problem with it, but I personally love it. A lot can go wrong by trying to be ‘different’ or ‘experimental’ and it’s when it does go wrong that absolutely no one gives a shit that you were cool, hipster and brave with the latest release. Look at MGMT for instance. FUCK their second album was shit-house. So much so that I don’t even remember anything on it and walked out during their set at Bamboozle, New Jersey in 2010 because they didn’t play much of their first album. It was shoot-my-brains-out boring.
Alright, so that sentiment aside, the latest track from Brooklyn native Twin Shadow entitled Old Love / New love is now available on iTunes today and I couldn’t have wished for anything cooler. Everything that was amazing from his 2012 album, Confess is there, tweaked in the simplest ways to still allow this new release to shine brilliantly on it’s own as a catchy and trendy yet gritty pop track. So gritty in fact that all my gaming nerd friends will be pleased to know that it was included on the soundtrack to the record breaking GTA V.
If you haven’t heard of Twin Shadow before then check out this new one but seriously don’t miss out on Confess as well. Let me know what you think in the comments below.