Ethereal folk with saintly vocals

As the nights grow longer and the release of her debut album ‘Dreaming In Slow Motion’ draws closer, the Welsh songwriter’s latest single beckons like a light through the darkness.


Starring Danielle Lewis and created by acclaimed videographer Mark James Works, the new video artfully captures the elegance and magnetism of “Slow, Sad, and Real” as cinematic effects surround the artist like an aurora borealis.

“It was really special creating the visuals for the album with Mark James Works. I’ve always admired his unique vision and drive to create the extraordinary. Mark somehow manages to beautifully bring the artwork to life as we carry the same theme across with the white infinity, swirling colours and casting shadows. I love how the visuals just melt into the music with almost a gothic and psychedelic edge.”

Danielle Lewis

Balancing arrangements of an ethereal lightness with self-effacing lyrics conjured from the darkest of dreams, “Slow, Sad, and Real” spellbound audiences on BBC 6 Music recently, with Mark Radcliffe praising the track as “absolutely lovely”.

Striking a fine line between electronic and more traditional sounds, the blend of vintage synthesizers and Lewis’ own folk nuances owe to a single that feels both cinematic and defiantly emphatic. Arrangements are provided by Alex Hibbert (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vibraphone) and Secondson (bass, drums, Korg PE200, Solina String Ensemble).

Written by Danielle Lewis, the track was recorded at Sail Loft Studios, Cardiff. It was produced by the highly esteemed Secondson, Engineered by Thomas V Westgård and Mixed & Mastered by Leon West; all of whom have contributed to Lewis’ soon-to-be-released debut album: ‘Dreaming In Slow Motion’.

From the haunting to the humbling, the songs of ‘Dreaming in Slow Motion’ collectively offer a collage of Lewis’ life as she navigated through the trials and tribulations of early adulthood. Her first collection of songs since the ‘Live Forever’ EP of 2018, the songs of ‘Dreaming in Slow Motion’ are unrushed and organic in nature and design; developing with Lewis as she too blossomed in her abilities and gathered perspective on the definitive events of her formative years.

With producer Secondson pulling illusory, languid melodies from the ether and pairing them with Lewis’ distinctive vocal flutter, the results make for an album that cycles through phases of Julia Holter-esque ambience (“Dreaming In Slow Motion”, “In My Sleep”) to songs of life-affirming, affecting folk-pop (“Flower”, “Temporary”) with DNA more aligned with that of Weyes Blood or The Weather Station.

Featuring a string of singles including the starkly beautiful “My Youth”, the whispered soul of ”Help Me” and the moving “Slow, Sad, and Real”; Lewis has set the scene for one of 2021’s most quietly asphyxiating debuts. 10 songs of breathtaking tenderness and transformative presence that pioneer between the realms of dream and reality, ‘Dreaming In Slow Motion’ release date November 19 can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp here.

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