Loversity is the eagerly anticipated follow-up from Sam Lewis’ last album Waiting On You which was released back in 2015. Although we are only just on the cusp of being within 2019, it has still been a long and agonising wait for his fans. After these few years, was it worth it in the end? A very emphatic yes.
Lewis is a master at his art bringing together a smooth and melodic fusion that blues the lines between country, blues and jazz. Despite a wealth of talents and a stunningly harmonious collection of sounds Loversity actually feels like Lewis is holding back something for his next great work. Each song leads into the next one flawlessly and with another amazing talent unveiled. There is always an almost simplistic element to his work but this is simply a man who has mastered the art of making a perfect song. Nothing is out of place, nothing is overly complicated and yet there is an enriching element to it that seems to fuel itself with the same raw energy you might find crackling through powerlines.
Lewis surrounds himself with a variety of sounds; dextrous slide and electric guitars with gospel organs, generous beats and a wealth of lively brass instrumentals. With his merge between jazz and blues songs such as the title track Loversity are prominent as they crash together Lewis’ funky melodies with rich organs and lively gospel choir backing singers. The resulting collection of tracks is an astounding combination of aged and contemporary, a timeless creation that is playful, jovial, resonant and also just a tad melancholic. When you first hear Lewis’ tender and smoky vocals chiming out above his music it is striking how perfectly crafted his work truly is as each and every song compliments his mellow, golden tones and vice versa. It reaches a point where it becomes almost obsolete to even attempt to disentangle the two.
Loversity is an album with as much care and attention put into it as fine wine. It’s a heady fusion of genres that creates a stunning niche for Lewis to sit in as he brings his unique and touching world to life.
SAM LEWIS · JANUARY-MARCH 2019 · UK TOUR
Tues 29 London AmericanaFest UK showcase
Wed 30 London AmericanaFest UK showcase
Fri 1 Ashford Revelation Ashford, St. Mary’s Church
Sun 3 Kingskerswell, Devon Kingskerswell Parish Church
Tue 5 Swansea Sin City
Wed 6 Bangor, North Wales Blue Sky Café
Thu 7 Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Fri 8 Sunderland Independent
Sun 10 Barry Hang Fire Southern Kitchen
Wed 13 Norwich The Waterfront Studio
Thu 14 Melbourne, nr. Derby Melbourne Assembly Rooms
Fri 15 Colston Bassett, Notts. Colston Bassett Village Hall
Sat 16 Barton-under-Needwood, Staffs. Barton-under-Needwood Village Hall
Sun 17 Crowland, Lincs. Crowland Abbey
Wed 20 Grayshott Applegarth Farm
Thu 21 Cricklade, Wilts. The Old Stables
Fri 22 Glastonbury Hawthorns
Sat 23 Leeds Seven Arts
Sun 24 Sheffield The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University
Fri 1 Newcastle Studio in Live Theatre
Sat 2 Glasgow Glad Cafe
Wed 6 London Green Note
Further dates to be announced shortly
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Review by Joe Knipe