The evolution of Watson from the young teenager who won our hearts when he was ‘Holyloowis’ recording pop covers on YouTube in 2010. To his first EP’s ‘It’s Got Four Sad Songs On BTW’ to his first album ‘The Morning’ and once again to today with ‘midnight’.
The album reflects his growth as a musician whilst never straying too far from his Bona fide and whole hearted lyrics that we have grown to love.
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The album opens with ‘maybe we’re home’ starting the album off with distorted electric guitar riffs and strong drum beats creating an hysteria, unique to any of his previous work, layer upon layer of drums and synth and textures. ‘Little light’ again packed with drum beats, an array of sounds and clever lyrics – it’s been known that Watson worked with Josephine from Oh Wonder and on the track ‘little light’ the influence is very apparent but compliments the album profusely.
‘Run’ is the rawest and most heartfelt of all the tracks. Lewis transports us back to a familiar feeling sounding close to his first few EP’s. The track sounds untouched and pulls us back to Watsons undeniable natural talent. There are however a few cracks in the vocal performance, but this does not hinder the overall performance or emotions tied in the song. Lucy Rose is featured for a beautiful duet on the track ‘slumber’. The combination of simple guitar notes with clean, beautiful harmonies creates a peaceful ambience, both catchy and flawless.
‘Forever’ and ‘When the water meets the mountains’ bring a much needed up swing and balancing out the equilibrium of emotions, these tracks are rich and full of new sounds for Watson, they bring a vibrant and warmelement to the album.
The album finishes with the album titled song ‘(midnight)’ the only track to predominantly use piano; creates a real feeling of yearning which shifts from a fluttery to afrustrated squeezed eagerness which can really be felt.
‘Midnight’ is almost fluid, flawlessly flowing from track to track, perfectly describing the confusion of young love, re-living the extreme ecstatic highs and reminding us just how dark loneliness can be.
Watson has perfectly demonstrated that his time out from music has really been worthwhile and beneficial to his career, his hard work has paid off and has created a beautifully balanced album which feels timeless.
‘Midnight’ is out now via Warner Brothers.’