Single Review: LEW – You Said

You know those horrendously cheesy montage scenes in films where the main character has some epiphany and decides to take matters into their own hands? This song makes me want to have one of those. I can imagine it right now; the song picking up just as I begin to get the hang of whatever it is I’ve decided to improve in, the ever urging but uplifting chord sequence giving me the drive that I need to maintain my pace.

“Someone turn the lights out. Can you hear me? I’m trying to break through.”

LEW, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a typical singer/songwriter with a genuinely unique style. (A sight for sore eyes to someone based in Guildford where a ‘typical’ singer/songwriter litters every street corner.) LEW creates musical soundscapes both live and synthetic in nature, with emotive and descriptive lyrics.

‘You Said’ is a story of two human beings surrounding “raw observations and minutiae of everyday life”. Having written it after a quarrel with her boyfriend, it is a personal song and you can completely hear that. It explores the idea of two people hearing words being thrown at them but not actually listening or taking it in, and acceptance of not being able to change your past but understanding that you can shape what is yet to happen.

I can’t stop listening to ‘You Said’. It is on repeat as I write this article, read a book, cook a meal, cuddle my constantly attention deprived dog on the sofa with a mug of sencha green tea. Even when my headphones come off, the song continues. It echoes around my head like someone set reverb to full and turned off decay. (My music tech lecturer should be proud.) My day has merged into one clear thought – ‘You Said’. So, in a sense, I did end up getting that montage.

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