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Dean Lewis’ latest single released on June 29th, “Be Alright,” has already reached over 300,000 plays on Spotify. If you’re not feeling the motivation to listen to some of his songs yet, here’s a preview of what he has to offer.
“Waves” begins with a soft guitar melody, then leading up to the chorus drums begin, but are shortly after pulled away until the chorus plays. This pattern of tension and release is justified throughout the entirety of the song. Lyrics from the chorus that define Lewis’ hit are, “The freedom, of falling; a feeling I thought was set in stone; it slips through, my fingers; I’m trying hard to let go. It comes and goes in waves, it comes and goes in waves, and carries us away.” Furthermore, the lyrics from the bridge, “I watched my wild youth disappear in front of my eyes. Moments of magic and wonder; it seems so hard to find. Is it ever coming back again?
Is it ever coming back again? Take me back to the feeling when everything was left to find,” emphasize that when you are young, you are full of wonder and almost everything seems magical. Dean sings about how moments like those are hard to find because as we grow up, we find that the world doesn’t provoke that childlike wonder anymore.
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Overall, the idea here is that freedom and the ups and downs of life can’t be controlled; they come and go in waves. Everything about this tune is catchy, and Dean’s bone-chilling vocals are the cherry on top.
Similarly to “Waves,” Lewis’ hit “Chemicals” begins with a soft guitar melody, yet he sings over it straight away. A beat plays from time-to-time behind his vocals, supporting the tune in a skillful way. The song is about trying to keep everything from falling apart. The key lyrics are, “Hold me, I’m falling apart, cos I’m scared and lost in the dark; and this feeling surely can not last, so I took it away, took it away, away from you.” Wanting to keep things from falling apart is a common struggle that people have, and Lewis’ pleading tone emphasizes this perfectly.
Lewis’ third most popular hit is “Lose My Mind,” which describes the feeling of deeply wanting to be with someone. This song begins with a guitar melody a bit more intense than the previous two songs, and quickly evolves into a more powerful tune. As a song with sadder lyrics, the upbeat manner and consistent drums really bring out his inner feelings of angst. During the chorus, he sings, “Cause I only lose my mind when I ain’t got you, and how can I win when I’m always bound to lose?” which represents his being used to rejection. Prior to these most important lyrics, he sings, “But, you don’t know what it feels like to fall in love with you,” in the beginning of the song. The person of interest does not have a clue about anything he is feeling, and he makes this apparent throughout the song.
Dean Lewis is an upcoming sensation and undoubtedly will be crafting more hits, so if you start listening to him now you can say you were one of the people who knew about him before he was “famous.”
He’ll surely create waves in your mind if you do.
Ashley Venezia has been singing since she was three years old and began writing her own songs at age ten. She sang in her school's choir from elementary school throughout high school, as well as performed in two musicals. Aside from singing, she taught herself the basics of playing piano and is beginning to learn the guitar and ukulele. Photography, writing, and creating short videos also play a very big part in her life.