4 Songs, 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With EP No. 3, Lewis Watson made the leap to brighter, stronger, and more polished productions. The loss of intimacy is immediately counterbalanced by songs so strong that the Watson story sounds nearly too good to be true. On the strength of covers posted to YouTube and an early EP (It’s Got Four Sad Songs on It BTW), Watson was courted by major labels and settled on Warner Brothers, citing their strength in handling singer/songwriters such as David Gray, Damien Rice, and Neil Young. Unlike the solemn, self-deprecating EP titles (the second EP is called Another Four Sad Songs), there's nothing sad sack about Watson or his obvious talents. Both “Into the Wild” and “It Could Be Better” come across as earnest love songs with an easy-handled pop ear. Watson’s talents could eventually turn his music too slick, but here he’s in the sweet spot where the beauty of his craft is overpowering. “Little Darling” allows him an easy jaunt with acoustic guitar and the kind of mild seasoning that proves this isn’t simply acoustic music. A cover of SBTRKT’s “Hold On” shows Watson tackling R&B, with a convincing falsetto within his reach.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With EP No. 3, Lewis Watson made the leap to brighter, stronger, and more polished productions. The loss of intimacy is immediately counterbalanced by songs so strong that the Watson story sounds nearly too good to be true. On the strength of covers posted to YouTube and an early EP (It’s Got Four Sad Songs on It BTW), Watson was courted by major labels and settled on Warner Brothers, citing their strength in handling singer/songwriters such as David Gray, Damien Rice, and Neil Young. Unlike the solemn, self-deprecating EP titles (the second EP is called Another Four Sad Songs), there's nothing sad sack about Watson or his obvious talents. Both “Into the Wild” and “It Could Be Better” come across as earnest love songs with an easy-handled pop ear. Watson’s talents could eventually turn his music too slick, but here he’s in the sweet spot where the beauty of his craft is overpowering. “Little Darling” allows him an easy jaunt with acoustic guitar and the kind of mild seasoning that proves this isn’t simply acoustic music. A cover of SBTRKT’s “Hold On” shows Watson tackling R&B, with a convincing falsetto within his reach.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Phenomenal!

Sprinkles51

Even though I haven't heard 3 of these, Lewis is one of the greatest singer/songwriters I know. I listen to him everyday, and his words always make me feel better. He writes about every emotion, which you really connect to. One day I hope to meet him, so he could know how great he is to me. :)

LW

GabriCLud

You're amazing, Lewis Watson.

Incredible!!!!

AlexaSRoot

These songs are truly amazing! I loved Lewis Watson's two previous EP's as well. I love all of his music and my day isn't complete if I haven't listened to at least one of his songs! I feel so lucky to have been at his first show in the Untied States, also to have met and talked to him! He is so genuine! His songs on the 3 EP's are fantastic and even more so live! I can't wait to actually get the songs and I look forward to his growing success and hope that he can come back to California soon! You won't regret buying this EP also get the previous two if you haven't! :) ♥

About Lewis Watson

London-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. The singer's spare acoustic guitar complemented his booming and slightly soulful voice on covers of tunes by the Knife, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, and others, and before long he was uploading his own original compositions to great response. Watson began playing out in support of larger acts, and after a gig with his former music teacher Joe Porter, Porter offered up his production services in the recording of Watson's first studio material. The speedy sessions yielded four songs that were eventually released as the cheekily titled EP It's Got Four Sad Songs on It BTW. The buzz surrounding the 2012 release of the EP was enough to have numerous record labels knocking on Watson's door, eventually landing him a contract with Warner Bros. and hurling him into the world of festival performances, Billboard charts, and an ever-growing fan base. Response was so strong to his first EP that a second, Another Four Sad Songs, followed just months afterwards. Things moved quickly and Watson worked tirelessly on a third EP, this time aided by big-ticket songwriters and producers including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs), Mr. Hudson, and collaborators Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, and many others. In early 2013 this third EP, Wild, was released. It, too, contained four sad songs, but revealed a heightened confidence and glossier production values than Watson's first two releases. Two more EPs followed in 2013, and Watson's debut full-length album, The Morning, was finally scheduled for release in July of the following year, boasting a much more full-bodied production than before; it also came in a Deluxe Edition that contained every song Watson had ever released. After parting ways with Warner Music, Watson took time to focus on his songwriting. After collecting a wealth of new material, he entered the studio to record what would become his sophomore album. Signing to long-running indie Cooking Vinyl, Watson released his second full-length, Midnight, in early 2017. ~ Fred Thomas

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