Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys has a sneak preview (via a hilariously brilliant video) of Lewis Fieldhouse’s debut album Theodor Washington and the Central Valley
Inspired by a 2013 sojourn through California’s Central Valley on a journey to absorb the musical heritage of his heroes, like many things in life, Fieldhouse’s rites of passage didn’t go to plan.
Battling the crippling loneliness of LA’s baking suburban sprawl and the very present depression that would come along with this, Fieldhouse (along with the news of terrible personal tragedy at home) pulled himself up from the ground and wrote. Creating the persona of Theodor Washington for himself to deflect the debilitating anxiety and render the world around him through a more romantic lens, each new song fed into his creativity, marking the stages of an artistic rebirth.
On his (crowdfunded) debut album called Theodor Washington and the Central Valley, his ear for irresistible pop songwriting is undeniable. Three years and five thousand miles later, Lewis is making the music he has always wanted to make.
So, lead track ‘Live so fast, kiss so slow’ is a truly great accomplishment of great song writing craft and production. Starting off with gentle vocals, guitar and an insistent drum beat, the lyrics of unrequited love (or is that terrible love?) mixed with the fantastic video showing a middle aged man in a convertible on the trip of a lifetime through the deserts of America is just an absolute joy.
Faultless melodies and a gorgeous guitar solo, this is hands down undoubtedly Radio 2 fair and i expect to hear a lot from Fieldhouse in the future.