Departures :: Lewis – L’Amour [1983]

Lewis - L'Amour
Thanks to the hard work of Numero Group‘s Rob Sevier, the world’s most epic soft-synth mumbler has been caught with a Canadian citizenship. What started with a chance pull in an Edmonton flea-market by one Jon Murphy, ended in a bewildering world-wide phenomenon of softness. Lewis’ lone LP from 1983 is as unusual as it is delicate; an incomprehensible whispered drawl lingers above mysts of smooth-laced synthesizers and nylon guitar as Lewis croons his way through inaudible love, suffering, and mid-afternoon bliss. The confusion accelerates as you begin to dissect the record: dedications to Christie Brinkley, an incredible facsimile on the cover (looking surprisingly like Aaron Levin), a record label named R.A.W., and a history of rip-offs and potential murders (uncovered by multiple individuals tracking members associated with Lewis’ LP). In the end there are no answers. Lewis remains a mystery, with only his name (not Lewis), citizenship (Canadian), and a PO Box in Hawaii. I once found five copies in Calgary, Alberta, which makes me believe this unidentified future softness began in the heart of wild roses. But we may only wonder. Until then, enjoy the most incomprehensible album in the universe (yes, it’s softer than THOMAS). If you can transcribe the lyrics to “I Thought The World of You” I will give you a rare record. [Special thanks for those involved in uncovering the Lewis mystery (and laughing at me when I began to champion it): Jon Murphy, Rob Sevier, Jack Fernwood, and Douglas McGowan].

[audio:|titles=Lewis – I Thought The World of You] Lewis – I Thought The World of You
[audio:|titles=Lewis – Love Showered Me] Lewis – Love Showered Me
[audio:|titles=Lewis – Cool Night In Paris] Lewis – Cool Night In Paris

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birthed: 2012-03-14


22 thoughts on “Departures :: Lewis – L’Amour [1983]

  1. Thanks this is great! Friends and I have been wondering about the origins of this album for a while. Great to have some more information on this bittersweet gem.

  2. Legit. I’ve seen it in the flesh. Previous owner claimed he bought it from a WFMU sale in the mid-90s. Doesn’t seem like a DJ hoax, but it could be.

    So many questions.

    When that cover surfaced (WFMU 2011) we were just totally blown away.


    Aaron Levin

  3. i love winter reading, dont you
    i love winter reading, dont you
    after all, iiiiiehhh

    it will ever have noone
    sounds you n gyooo

    i look up a week
    only the blueee

    ahhh, smy ooo seee
    i love winter reading, dont you

    i thought the world of you

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  5. Is there someway to hear the rest of the album? I’m hurting, only having this to listen to (though I doubt there’s a song to top I Thought the World of You). Where can the album be found!?

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