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ALBUM REVIEW: Lewis Fieldhouse “Theodor Washington and the Central Valley”

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lewis-fieldhouse-theodor-washington-and-the-central-valleyThe past few years have been full of self-discovery for singer-songwriter Lewis Fieldhouse.

Few people can pack up their bags and go from the U.K. for California for six weeks. San Francisco was calling and that’s where Fieldhouse went.

The trip helped Fieldhouse make sense of what was going on in his life. Relationship problems, family issues, and a longing for self-discovery resulted in the creation of Theodor Washington, Lewis’ alter-ego.

Fieldhouse’s debut album, Theodor Washington and the Central Valley recounts his time in California. The Americana-themed capsule of is full of 10 introspective and heartbreaking songs that detail Washington’s experience with depression and vulnerability.

Detailing small snapshots of his life into each song, Fieldhouse creates an insightful dialogue while leaving no stone unturned. He is is a true songwriter, piecing together songs that tell powerful stories about life and the art of moving on.

Fieldhouse opens up the album with lyrics “Took the train up the central valley, I could hear San Francisco calling, when I get there in the morning, you’ll be in my eyes.” He acknowledges the repercussions of his leaving in the chorus, “Oh Megan, are you going my way? Such a beautiful girl, but you know I can’t stay.”

Songs like “Naked Psychopathic Blues” detail the complex world of relationships while drawing on abusive and narcissistic tendencies. “He Hath Made You Rich” takes on a more rhythmic approach to songwriting, blending in with Fieldhouse’s tender falsetto voice as he embarks on a quest for idealistic love.

“Live So Fast Kiss So Slow” is another standout track with an evident western sound amplified by catchy background beats. The foot-stomping track is about taking life at it comes and that is exactly what Lewis Fieldhouse’s music stands for.

Theodor Washington and the Central Valley marks a new milestone for Lewis Fieldson. It shows a more mature and centered focus than Lewis Fieldhouse’s previous EPs This Is Blitzkrieg and Born Human, Raised Human.

A couple of years and five thousand miles later, Fieldson discovered his sound. All it took was an impromptu trip to the other side of the world.  

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