Danielle Lewis returns this Spring, with the starkly beautiful new single “My Youth”.
“My Youth” is simplicity at its finest, it is not adorned with embellishments, instead, it is a heartfelt, stripped-back and emotion-driven piece of musical artistry. With its illusory, languid melodies, the single finds good company with the affecting, ambient/folk-pop works of Julia Holter or Weyes Blood.
“My Youth” finds Danielle reflecting on coming-of-age and the myriad of emotions that come hand-in-hand with growing up. As Danielle voices:
“My Youth” was written from a sense of feeling adrift and floating through life, particularly in my younger years.’ The lyrics touch upon accepting a part of my youth and allowing the waves of emotion to flow through without judgement.”
On “My Youth” the subtle arrangements leave the floor open for the Welsh songwriter to bring gravity and sincerity in spades with her poignant lyricism and captivatingly hushed vocals. Danielle wanted the production of this release to be understated to enable the track to envelop the same emotions as her lyricism ‘I wanted the simplicity of the production to feel sorrowful yet grow in optimism while searching for a place of self-acceptance’ she says.
Written by Danielle Lewis and produced by Secondson (who also contributes acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, piano, vibraphone here), the single also features drums by Lauren Morgan and both acoustic and electric guitar from TJ Roberts. ‘My Youth’ was recorded at Sail Loft Studios (Cardiff). Mixing & Mastering was contributed by Leon West at After Life Studios (Cardiff).
Breathtakingly vulnerable and intrinsically relatable, “My Youth” is an understatedly beautiful new release from one of Wales’ most inspiring new artists. It is released on all services on 28th May 2021.
Originally hailing from the West coast of Wales, Danielle Lewis crafts ethereal folk with saintly vocals from another world. Her writing is raw yet unfiltered, with a voice that has a haunting grace and momentous power.
Breaking-out with her ‘Live Forever’ EP in 2018, its bold authenticity began to attract attention on a wider scale, including that of Super Furry Animal Cian Ciaran, who even offered to remix its title track. Returning in 2019, the singer grew her reputation with the acclaimed single ‘A Woman Like You‘, an empowering track that expanded into the realms of dream pop and drew warm comparisons to Karen Carpenter. With her live plans shelved in 2020, Lewis took the opportunity to release two further tracks: “Life of Worth” and “Flower”, each of which find the singer delving into new sonic territory.
Planning her debut album for release later this year, expect much more to come from this promising talent, with art direction by the esteemed Mark James Works (Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys, Gilles Peterson, Abbey Road Studios).