Danielle Lewis has announced the release of her debut album: Dreaming In Slow Motion, on the 19th of November. The release is preceded by her haunting new single: ‘Slow, Sad, and Real’
With shades of Portishead and Kate Bush, Lewis’ latest single finds the singer-songwriter in conflicted, confessional mood. Hung up on life by day and visited by nightmares at the dead of night, ‘Slow, Sad and Real‘ was forged as she sought solace from the realities of life and the shadowy paranoia of her subconscious.
“‘Slow, Sad and Real’ brings to light the array of emotions, thoughts and dreams I’ve felt that have sometimes conflicted within. It’s the desire to resist suppression and embrace every part of the human emotional state.” says Lewis of the track.
“The lyrics play between conflicting states, eventually resolving to a place of strength and realness in embracing feeling deeply.”
Striking a fine line between electronic and more traditional sounds, the blend of vintage synthesizers and Lewis’ own folk nuances owe to a single that feels both cinematic and defiantly emphatic. From its ghostly vibraphone-imbued beginnings, the accomplished arrangements provided by Alex Hibbert (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vibraphone) and Secondson (bass, drums, Korg PE200, Solina String Ensemble) see ‘Slow, Sad and Real‘ manifest into something enveloping.
Written by Danielle Lewis, the track was recorded at Sail Loft Studios, Cardiff. It was produced by the highly esteemed Secondson, Engineered by Thomas V Westgård and Mixed & Mastered by Leon West; all of whom have contributed to Lewis’ highly anticipated new album, Dreaming In Slow Motion.
Welsh artist Lewis’ debut will be self-released on 19th November 2021. With compositions of the spectral to the serene, underpinned by her singular, saintly vocal stylistics; the album is the distillation of everything that sets Lewis on a higher plateau all her own.
From the haunting to the humbling, the songs of Dreaming in Slow Motion collectively offer a collage of Lewis’ life as she navigated through the trials and tribulations of early adulthood. As Lewis says:
“Dreaming in Slow Motion captures a sequence of my thoughts and emotions floating through my mind, particularly from my early twenties. It holds moments of growth and awareness. The album was written across a crucial part of growth for me so it feels very retrospective but present at the same time. It’s helped me capture the radiance in those reflections.”
Her first collection of songs since the Live Forever EP of 2018, the songs of Dreaming in Slow Motion are unrushed and organic by both nature and design; developing with Lewis as she too blossomed in her abilities and gathered perspective on the definitive events of her formative years.