Coming out on Warner Bros. on July 1st is the latest EP from Lewis Watson ‘Four More Songs’. You may have already heard title track ‘Calling’ over the airwaves, as Zane Lowe made it his ‘Hottest record in the world’ not so long back.
But there again, Lewis Watson himself is quickly going beyond there just being a buzz about him, and into genuine hot young thing. His previous three EP’s have all managed a place in the iTunes top 10 and he’s been touring around the country with Benjamin Francis Leftwich before setting out on a headline tour of his own in June. Add to that dates at T in the Park, Bestival and Truck, and this is an artist that’s on the move.
The track, produced by Iain Archer (Jake Bugg) and Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) opens with this complex piano riff that sounds stark yet beautiful, before the song delves into the acoustic driven singer-songwriter currently inhabited by, well, Francis Leftwich for one. The Piano riff comes and goes with the bridges, and lyrically it’s basically a going out and having a good time sort of song. It’s no experimental or genre-changing piece, but for a good positive, summery record there’s not going to be too many better this year.
The Video, directed by Samuel Craven, see’s a group of teenagers, engaging in (from what I can see) doing what teenagers do best. Looking in wonder at Russ Conway records, behaving badly, underage drinking and letting their hormones run riot. But, as I remember, barring the Russ Conway thing, isn’t that what summers about?