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12 Hours

12 Hours

  • By Richard Lewis
  • Release 22/05/2007
  • Music Genre Rock
  • Media Format CD
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Price: £8.86

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The UK songwriter Richard Lewis has a unique and powerful sound. With his outstanding vocals, piano and guitar backed up by double bass and human beatbox, the 26-year old former poet cuts aross genres with his soulful melodies, jazz-fuelled changes, deep beats and lush string sections. His latest album '12 hours' was recorded in a converted medieval church within the walls of the ancient city of Canterbury. Finely structured songs such as 'Night Owl' and 'Lamplighter' set the scene for a mesmerising journey through the twelve hours of the night, with songs such as 'Magpie' and 'The Great Unknown' splintering with light the darkness of more mellow, thoughtful tracks such as 'Lake' and 'Weigh My Heart'. Below is just some of the critical acclaim for Richard's music: 'Classy' (Robert Plant) 'An outstanding performer, with a unique sound that moves from the epic soundtrack to the intimate with ease' (Bern Leckie, Programme Controller for Chill/Core Radio) 'Through the recent downpour of sentimental, style-drenched singer-songwriters, the music of Richard Lewis comes like a bolt of blue sky. If his debut album is anything to go by, the 26-year-old troubadour from Kent is set to start a whole new storm of his own. Lewis's age is deceptive, with songs that are shot through with the experience of someone well beyond his years. Watching him live on stage (as I had the fortune to do at his March gig at Bush Hall) he delivers every line with the passion and conviction of someone who has lived through the stories that he has to tell. And this is storytelling - but not as we know it. Each Richard Lewis song has the effect of a short film, a piece of 8mm footage that has been sliced from real life and kicked around the cutting-room floor, eventually to be found a melody and projected upon a series of freshly-found chords. As a scriptwriter, Richard Lewis is hard to beat - as you would expect from a published poet. It is his lyrics and his voice that play the starring role in his most memorable songs. This means that a track such as 'Night Owl' (in which an insomniac's night-wanderings are brought alive through perhaps the most extraordinary of all Lewis's vocal performances) can still contain enough drama to fill the largest of theatres, despite the band (comprising of acoustic guitar, double bass and beatbox) providing the most minimal of stage-scenery. As the bird on the cover of his debut album 12 hours suggests, 'Night Owl' seems to be the key song of the collection, in which the twelve hours of one night appear to unfold, one after another, like a series of vivid and beautiful dreams. (James Navarro, Moon Life Magazine, April 2007)

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Artist: Richard Lewis
Title: 12 Hours
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 22/05/2007
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 5031802024029

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