George Lewis Jr., the Dominican-born artist who records and produces music as Twin Shadow, and his bandmates were forced to cancel the duration of their spring tour after a tour bus crash April 17 left Lewis in need of reconstructive hand surgery and drummer Andy Bauer hospitalized in “serious condition.” (Their driver, John Crawford was also hospitalized.) Bauer remains hospitalized, but Lewis made his first televised appearance since the accident on Wednesday night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The cast on his hand left him unable to play guitar, so Lewis delivered two wonderfully understated songs from a stool. The first, “I’m Ready,” the latest single off his early 2015 album Eclipse (which EW reviewed here) transformed from synth-pop power ballad to a transfixing acoustic performance that had Lewis running ragged over the stripped back cords. For an online bonus video, he brought out Zoe Kravitz for a cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love”. Lewis is often at his best when he’s fronting a storm of sound, but it’s hard to argue with either video streaming below.
Lewis is set to resume touring May 30 with a string of festival appearances starting in Barcelona for Primavera Sound Festival before heading to Berlin for Berlin Festival and New York City for Governor’s Ball. A full list of dates is available on the singer’s website.