Al Lewis “Fifteen Years” – Americana UK

Al Lewis “Fifteen Years” – Americana UK

Dealing with grief brings hope by music to Welsh singer.

Coping with grief is, after all, a extremely private one – how we every deal with the lack of a cherished one will be difficult  and tough – however will also be therapeutic and constructive. For Welsh singer-songwriter Lewis lockdown gave him the possibility to correctly grieve the loss fifteen years beforehand of his father.

Lewis has had an award-winning profession so far – working solo in addition to collaborating with Sarah Howells, with US artist Alva Leigh as Lewis & Leigh and with Bristol based mostly digital soundscaper Kalya Painter as Glasyn.

Some years again, having by no means correctly dealt along with his fathers passing and figuring out he had suffered from A number of Sclerosis, he was filming a TV particular performing to some MS victims and he was requested on digicam about his dad – and he merely couldn’t –  simply breaking down involuntarily.

This spurred Lewis on to spend his treasured days in lockdown re-connecting along with his father by the method of finding out all of his possessions. “It was bittersweet”, Lewis says. “But it surely helped me sketch the person. I felt like I knew him higher afterwards”. Lewis additionally has a podcast ‘Feels Like Therapeutic’ that offers with channelling loss into the inventive world.

So this album actually does come from the guts and all of the tracks resonate with passionate and emotional emotions. We’re in Martyn Joseph territory right here – light acoustic tunes as befits the albums inventive core. Album highlights embody ‘By no means Be Forgotten’ with some rousing fiddle work complementing the acoustic vibe in regards to the reminiscence one carries about these we now have misplaced; there’s the attractive ‘Fatherly Steering’ with its impactful drumbeat and a celebration of passing down shared knowledge; the haunting piano ballad ‘Fifteen Years’ which builds to a robust finish; and ‘Thirty 5’ with lyrics coming from his father’s voice that brings an extremely highly effective really feel as he shares his life challenges, with harmonies from Darling West’s Mari Sandvaer Kreken and Tor Egil Kreken..

It is a pretty album – extremely private, however all of the simpler for it. There’s not a lot gentle and shade right here – however we do have ten passionate and cathartic songs which transfer and encourage in equal measures.

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