Dean Lewis releases his new single “Looks Like Me” via Island Records. The new track is just the musical antidote the world needs right now: a pulsating, up-tempo opus about breaking free from a confining, crushing situation.
Inspired by a personal relationship, Lewis said “It was just one of those relationships that never quite came together – no matter how much I wanted it to. One night on the phone, we were living in different cities, she told me she was hanging with a guy who looked like me,” says Lewis, now looking back on the experience with a sense of humor. “So you’d rather be with someone who looks like me – than the "actual me!”
The three-time ARIA award winner initially worked up the song with new collaborator/producer Jake Torrey in Los Angeles, before putting on the finishing touches two months later in London with his long time collaborators Ed Holloway & Nick Atkinson. It stirs to life with Lewis’s compelling, almost haunting vocalisations - like a siren call, uplifted by a beating acoustic guitar. As the lyrics kick in, so does a rapid-fire hand clap, adding a percussive layer you almost feel more than hear.
“One of my favorite things about this song is every time I play it to people – they immediately start moving their body. Which is a totally new experience for me as a songwriter. It’s almost like keeping one foot on familiar ground and the other into stepping off a cliff. It was a chance for me to reach for something completely different, but still be me”.
Which perhaps explains the stylistic duality that is blended so skillfully across the track. The rolling, almost rap-like rhythm of the pre-chorus releases into a thumping, Latin-infused, head bopping chorus. It all builds to the climatic line - “But maybe I’m just not good enough at all to feel your love” - an utterly anthemic moment on the track, both sonically and lyrically. The official video was filmed in Nashville with Director Tim Mattia (who also directed ‘Falling Up’) – watch here.
Currently based in LA and Nashville putting the finishing touches on his second album, the follow up to his #1 ARIA winning album ‘A Place We Knew’.
ABOUT DEAN LEWIS:
Lewis went from unknown to world-wide recognition with the release of his 2019 Album A Place We Knew which debuted #18 on the Billboard Top 200 in the USA, as well as a Top 5 Billboard Pop Album. Accredited Gold in the US, the LP produced a number of local and international smashes including his debut single ‘Waves’ (which also reached Gold status in the US) but it was ‘Be Alright’ which would drive Lewis’ career even further, catapulting his music to the world stage and contributing to his music accumulating over 5.7 billion streams globally. ‘Be Alright’ is triple platinum in the USA and landed Dean in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart as well as the prestigious Apple ‘Up Next’ title. Touring locally and overseas, Dean sold out his 2019 Australian National Tour as well as his USA Tour, performing over 200 shows in that year. Additionally he performed at Lollapalooza and appeared on Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The TODAY Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Good Morning America. He has received critical acclaim from the like of The New York Times, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Tonight, Marie Claire, and many more.