Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. has had an eventful year. He released his thrilling new album Eclipse after escaping a quagmire-like dispute with his old record label, and then in April his band went through a horrific ordeal when their tour bus crashed. This tragic event helped Lewis put things in perspective, and motivated him to finish and release five years worth of songs he’d been working on as a new mixtape, Night Rally, now available as a free download. Lewis spoke about the mixtape to Noisey:
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 Night Rally here.