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Lewis

Lewis

Lewis


There is more than one artist with this name: 1.) Lewis is a mysterious artist from the early '80s that released only one album filled with subtle yet stunning compositions and features prominent use of gentle acoustics and ethereal synths. In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named L’Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that’s about all we know. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself – spectral Read more on Last.fm
There is more than one artist with this name: 1.) Lewis is a mysterious artist from the early '80s that released only one album filled with subtle yet stunning compositions and features prominent use of gentle acoustics and ethereal synths. In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named L’Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that’s about all we know. The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself – spectral, movie star-like – almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without trace. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, sombre album that echoes Springsteen’s Nebraska or Angelo Badalamenti’s atmospheric soundtracks.

Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World Of Echo LP. L’Amour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. There’s almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. There’s precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees.

All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for L’Amour’s photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth. When Light In The Attic looked to release the album, they set out to investigate the mystery. They found some answers, but more intrigue too. Colver was able to fill in some blanks. Firstly, Lewis is a pseudonym.

The man the photographer met was named Randall Wulff. He stayed in the Beverley Hills Hilton, drove a white convertible Mercedes and dated a girl who looked like a model. He paid for his photo session with Colver with a $250 check, which bounced. Eventually, the trail led to Alberta, Canada, where that first LP had been found. Liner notes writer Jack Fleischer along with master detective Markus Armstrong found Randall’s nephew, who remembered Randall as a stockbroker.

His vague recollections include a visit to Randall’s apartment, with all-white furniture and that beautiful girlfriend in situ. Crucially, he offered another name – another of Randall’s pseudonyms – which led to a Vancouver studio and the revelation that Lewis had recorded three or four albums of “soft religious music” there. Alas, even the new nom de plume led only to dead ends. Lewis remains a ghost, a total mystery, but the music will be heard. The album is being pressed for the first time in more than 30 years, and widely distributed for the first time ever.

Lewis’s royalties will be placed in escrow until he makes himself known. Perhaps you know Lewis. Perhaps Lewis is you. The only certainty is this: Lewis is about to find a whole bunch of new fans. 2.) Lewis was an indie rock band.

They defined the Dallas Texas music scene of the early 00's - talented, substantive, dynamic live and catchy...in a "this is what happens when literature majors form an indie rock band" vibe. From their Deep Elm records page, in describing their indie masterpiece Even So: "Enter Lewis...shining with imagination, innovation and verve. Experiment laden and laced with patience, Even So is filled with soaring vocals, intricate guitar play and a torrent of emotion. You'll experience a progression of remarkably good songs and unequaled melodies.

Every track is saturated with an amazing sense of grandeur, the quiet and peculiar beauty of the title track being the record's pinnacle. The pleading and soulful vocals attain heights of emotion rarely heard...and it's this voice that touches you inside. Certain records capture a moment in your life and hold onto it forever. Every time you listen, you go back there...and words can't describe it.

This is one of those records. A masterpiece of melancholic beauty, it gives you hope. Unreleased song "Everything's Changed" on The Emo Diaries, Chapter Six" 3) Lewis Allen, hip hop, New Jersey http://twitter.com/Lewis http://hommenoir.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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