After being trapped in label hell for over a year, George Lewis Jr. made the move from 4AD to Warner Bros and released the third Twin Shadow album, Eclipse, which ended up being something of a letdown. (Outside of “To The Top,” of course, which is an instant-classic.) But that extra time in limbo meant that Lewis Jr. had a lot of unreleased and unfinished songs built up, and his unfortunate tour bus crash made him reflect and realize that he should put the best of the rest out in some format. So here’s the Night Rally mixtape, a collection of recordings made from 2010 to 2014. You can download the mixtape right here, and read some words from Lewis Jr. about the collection via Noisey below.
After our April 17th bus accident the Twin Shadow family returned to their separate homes off the road. It was a painful experience that left us all feeling raw and exposed. While spending time healing and resting in my apartment in LA I started to sift through old hard drives. I found all these ideas I had nearly forgotten, most of them more realized than I remembered.
The more I dug the more I realized how much music was made in the last five years. Being home I had the time and perspective to enjoy all the little impulses, embarrassing choices, and exciting moments that I couldn’t bottle. There were also some songs that I couldn’t understand why I never finished. After listening back several times, I decided to make a small collection of the songs that stuck out. The mixtape consists of recordings from 2010 to 2014.
So here it is, a glimpse into five years of late nights, mornings after no sleep, the bad decisions, the good ones, the sobering solitude, the mistakes, the ideas lost, and the singing out of key… True demos. The mixtape is now free to download from the WeTransfer Night Rally wallpaper, and an actual cassette tape will be available to purchase only at the merch table of the Night Rally Tour shows. Thanks to everyone who showed support during this hard time. See you at the Night Rally.”
Download the mixtape here. It’ll be available on cassette tape on Twin Shadow’s upcoming tour.