English singer-songwriter Lewis Watson hails from Oxfordshire and has developed a considerable following since the release of his first EPs in 2012 (It’s got four sad songs on it BTW and Another four sad songs). Those recordings led to a deal with Warner Bros. in 2013, a third EP, The Wild, and a fourth, Four More Songs—the latter of which included a cover of Guillemots’ “Made-Up Lovesong No. 43.”
Midnight, Watson’s latest album, drops March 3rd on Cooking Vinyl. Advanced press has suggested that it’s a more robust affair than his earlier, acoustic-driven releases. Written and recorded entirely under his own stream, with friends as collaborators, it promises something of a departure.
“It’s an evolution from my first album,” says Lewis. “It’s grander, heavier and more electronic. I still like acoustic music—and there are some quieter songs on there—but I also love Death Cab For Cutie, Bombay Bicycle Club and Bon Iver. It is a big change, but it’s still me. Maybe me with added spice.”
Watson wrote the album after a self-imposed six months away from making music in 2015. “I was still playing shows,” says Lewis. “We toured the States and Australia and played a fantastic festival in the Philippines, but for a full six months, I stopped writing songs. I needed a break, to be reinvigorated, to learn to love it all over again. I took a step back for as long as possible to see what would change.”
Key collaborators included close friend Anthony West (of Oh Wonder), who produced the album) and Josephine Vander Gucht. The album was recorded in just three weeks last summer at The Vale in Warwickshire.
“It was crucial for me that these songs sounded exactly as I imagined them,” says Lewis. “I didn’t want any outside input. We made Midnight in a bubble. Every track has my stamp on every aspect. It’s a snapshot of where and who I am right now.”
We feature “little light,” an initial single from the forthcoming record, below. Enjoy.
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