Staring outside my window this morning at the bleak October sky, I felt compelled to find my Lewis Watson album “the morning”. CD found, I popped it into the CD player and had another curl up in bed with a cup of tea. Perfect.
It was per chance that I came across this English singer-songwriter. Lewis Watson’s song “stay” was iTunes’ free download of the month and I eagerly added it to my collection after hearing the sampler.
There’s something about the songs on the album that just seem so fitting for this time of the year. The calmness of Watson’s voice and melodic strumming of his guitar mixed with aerial backing vocals reflect my feelings towards this time of the year so well.
The repertoire of songs on the album have this rawness and simplicity that quite refreshing in a world full of over produced and exactly timed songs (not that I have a problem with those – it’s just nice to take a break from them from time to time).
It’s because of singer-songwriters like Watson that I remember why I love this kind of music. The 23-year-old from Oxfordshire writes such beautiful and meaningful lyrics that I feel transported into another realm or just reminded of my own time in Oxfordshire. Choosing favourites from the album is hard, so I’ll just give you my top 5: ‘stay’, ‘sink or swim’, ‘windows’, ‘outgrow’ and ‘ghost’.
Lewis Watson has a special voice and melody but I was reminded of Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Coldplay, Bon Iver, Gabrielle Aplin and Ron Pope whilst listening to his music.
I thought about making this post and into an album review – however I found a wonderful track-by-track video in which the singer himself explains that album. It may or may not have made me love the songs even more. Who else secretly loves it when artists let us in on their song meanings? (And while you’re at it, check out his YouTube channel – it’s quite entertaining).
I’m sure this guy has a long and prosperous future ahead of him (okay, Lewis Watson isn’t all that unknown – his been touring Europe, America and even Australia these past two years) but I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to show some support. I haven’t seen him play live but I can’t wait till I can. So here’s your little music tip for these dreary autumnal days. Enjoy!
Videos: YouTube – Lewis Watson’s channel
Photos: Warner Music, The Guardian