George Lewis Jr., or Twin Shadow as we know him, pays tribute to the late and great Lou Reed in his cover of “Perfect Day.” The original, released in 1972 alongside his iconic “Walk on the Wild Side,” is a joyous ode to quiet Sunday mornings spent with a close friend. Produced by David Bowie, the track is uplifted with glittering piano, strings and drums.
Twin Shadow transforms the song into a brooding contemplation of loss. With nothing but a ghostly organ and spare drum track, Lewis sounds choked with emotion, like the cantor at a funeral service. The slight echo of his tenor rings as if he is singing from the bottom of a dark hole, presumably the one left by the absence of the songs creator.
RIP Lou. We will miss you. But your music will live on, so long as it can be reimagined and reinvigorated with vision, as Twin Shadow has done here.