IN CONVERSATION WITH: LEW – “You Said” & new album

photo by Jonas Bang

While summer is the time when life is light and your thoughts are usually hanging between enjoying vacation time or rocking at one of the many festivals, the upcoming autumn leaves more room for a bit deeper thoughts. LEW‘s new single “You Said”, which circles around “The raw observations and minutiae of everyday life”, as she describes it, is the perfect soundtrack for a more quiet time. The song, which is the first single of her forthcoming album, embraces LEW’s sizzling, dark, industrial rock universe and is accompanied by an atmospheric video, produced by Danish producer and photographer Jonas Bang. 

Her very dreamy, but melodic tunes and the intense lyrics of the track inspired us to have a little chat with Sara Lewis Sørensen, the woman behind LEW. Check it out and hear more about her new single and the interesting story behind her upcoming album.

Good because Danish: Your new single is about the relationship between two human beings. Can you tell us a little bit more about the background of the song?

Lew: I wrote the song 2 years ago. I think I wrote the lyrics after an argument with my boyfriend. One of these days where everything is brought to the big essential questions about who we are, and what are we aiming for and who is responsible for what. Those days, that show that we can’t change what has happened, but we can influence, what will happen. About how two people can speak to each other, without anyone actually listening or understanding what the other is saying… about trust, belief and hope.

We read that most of your new tracks were written in Northern Scotland. What was it, that inspired you most in that surrounding?

I was on the Outer Hebrides with my family, and what I wrote there were just sketches. I found a guitar in the house and recorded on my phone whenever I had a moment. Then I finished the songs when I got home, but with the atmosphere and memories in mind. What inspired me most? The overwhelming view and mysteries of the great nature of mountains, cliffs, surprisingly rough weather and changes, the many huge rainbows, the tide of the rough Atlantic Ocean and being in a place so far away from everything.

Can you already tell us a little bit more about the other songs of your new album? Will they all be in your exciting combination of dreamy noise pop and sensitive songwriting or did you also weave in some other influences?

“You Said” is definitely the most dreamy pop song on the album. I guess the rest is a bit rougher. In the studio, we were joking about making a hip hop-techno-bluesy album. I guess you would call it alternative rock – maybe industrial, eclectic music. The tracks are songs made on the guitar, as basic song-writing songs, and from there each song has found its own life. We recorded the songs live in the studio. And because we all kind of have some of the same musical backgrounds and interests, it felt natural to do it like this. Afterwards, we have dubbed roles and tweaked sounds and edited all kinds of things, but aiming at having the live feel still there.

You mentioned it was very important for you to transport the feeling of a live concert with your new album. What was your most impressive experience while a live-performance so far?

I think our performance on Spot festival 2016 because it went so fast it was very intense. And also some of my duo concerts I have had with my keyboard player, because of the strong presence when you play a quite set.

Talking about playing live – do you have any plans to go on tour soon?

No, we have 3 concerts in Copenhagen for now. And hopefully, afterwards, more will come.

And, as I am personally based in Germany – is there any chance we are seeing you here any time soon?

We haven’t got any plans for Germany yet, but I would love to come and play there, always!

Last but not least, after some years of being a musician, are you still nervous when on stage?

Yes, I can get nervous, but it is mainly before the show… not when I am on stage.


Watch the video of “You Said” here: 

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