Sweeping the world of its feet with overnight hit single Waves, Dean Lewis has delivered Same Kind Of Different, a hauntingly beautiful debut EP release via his newly established relationship with Melbourne’s John Castle (Vance Joy, Paul Kelly).

Make no mistake; the six-track compendium is more than a satisfying taste-tester of what is to come. This Sydney-based singer-songwriter says that he has “a hundred others ready to go”, being immensely inspired by the instant international response to his first single Waves.

Lewis has used the past 12 months to craft, write and record for his fans, selecting the final six which meshed well together, throwing in a cover of Amy Shark’s Adore for good measure. 

Standouts include the obvious Waves, accompanied by a beautifully directed video clip from his mate Mick Jones, blending the tranquillity of the English countryside where Lewis recorded the track and drawing inspiration from plenty of UK-based artists including The Kooks and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

In just one session this heartfelt song was born, seducing music lovers far and wide with its ballad-like qualities flowing from a raw time in Lewis’ life – a time in which he didn’t quite feel himself: “It comes and goes in waves / it carries us away / I watched my wild youth disappear in front of my eyes.” Trying to search for that missing part, we are left with hauntingly soothing tones as his voice echoes and lingers.

Lose My Mind brings together a production duo like no other, with UK producers Edd Holloway and Nick Atkinson and Dan Grech on mixing duties. The creative direction revolves around relationships, life and love, incorporating straight-up lyrics, simplicity and melodic elements to explore a fundamentally human experience of loss. 

Need You Now balances between uplifting tones and deep lyricism, showcasing Lewis’ magical ability to weaves a story through evocative imagery: “Broken bottles surround me on the floor like a technicoloured you.” It is refreshing to hear the work of someone so passionate through the realism of stripped-back guitar, piano and vocals.

A bold statement from Dean Lewis on his first EP.

4/5

Dean Lewis – Same Kind Of Different EP

Released: 12 May, 2017 via Island Records/Universal