After three long years, Lewis Watson makes his triumphant comeback with second album ‘Midnight’.
Beginning his music career posting videos singing (and making grilled cheese) online, Lewis’ fan base has been slowly gathering pace, since his 2012 released debut EP ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs on it, btw’ topped the iTunes singer songwriter charts.
Having signed to Warner Bros and releasing four more EPs, as well as his 2014 debut ‘The Morning’, Lewis presents his long in the making sophomore effort. Packing ‘Midnight’ with influences from Death Cab For Cutie and Coldplay to Bon Iver, this album has surpassed any expectation anyone had of him.
Mixing ballads such as ‘La Song’ – which was on the deluxe edition of his debut as a demo – and ‘Run’, displaying influences from Bon Iver with raw emotion, similar to that of ‘Holocene’ by said band. Opposing these sad songs with tracks like ‘When the Water Meets the Mountain’, which is packed with upbeat acoustic guitar and uplifting lyrics, this is probably my favourite song on the album. Having developed his acoustic-pop sound by decreasing the amount of plain guitar tracks, and swapping them with tracks filled with violins, electric guitar and percussion, Lewis has created something much more ambitious and poignant.
Releasing five of the twelve songs prior to the album dropping, ‘Midnight’ rustled up a lot of interest and excitement to hear the whole completed album. The first track to be released was ‘Maybe We’re Home’, sounding completely different to anything he had done before, presenting a fantastic track filled with intense guitar and, of course, his wonderful vocals.
Watch the video to ‘Maybe We’re Home’ by Lewis Watson:
Penultimate track ‘Slumber’ is a beautiful guitar track; the mixture of Watson’s unique vocals and Lucy Rose’s angelic voice creates a track which sends goosebumps down your spine. Closing the album with piano ballad ‘(Midnight)’ brings us back to Lewis’ roots of slow, heavenly tracks.
Exquisitely produced, you would be surprised to know that ‘Midnight’ was recorded within two weeks, produced by Oh Wonder’s Anthony West. For the album, Lewis partnered with leading independent label, Cooking Vinyl, going on tour to showcase the stunning new songs. With a remarkable stage presence, he’s played festival after festival and headline shows across the world, as well as supporting acts such as Coldplay and Kodaline, since releasing his debut album ‘The Morning’ back in 2014. The only fault we can find with ‘Midnight’ is that there isn’t enough songs on the album, such is his obvious talent.
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