Dean Lewis announces album release and Australian tour dates
Currently on sell-out shows through North America, Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis has this morning unveiled details of his debut album and Australian tour.
A Place We Knew is set for a worldwide release on Friday, March 22 via Island Records Australia.
It will include his 6 x platinum ‘Be Alright’, 5 x platinum ‘Waves’ and new Gold single ‘7 Minutes’, written in London in an Uber following a disagreement with a girl.
For Lewis, the title A Place We Knew encapsulates the bittersweet memories of past relationships.
“All the songs were written through relationships I’d been in and houses I used to live in and hotel rooms,” he says.
On a plane he heard a phrase that struck him like a bolt of lightning.
“An in-flight-radio DJ said, ‘I wish that was a place we’d known about’.
“I went to my notes and wrote ‘A Place We Knew’ and was like, that’s the album title. That ties everything together.”
Lewis sought out several producers to collaborate with on the album.
The British team behind ‘Waves’ and ‘Be Alright’, Edd Holloway and Nick Atkinson are ever-present and so too is Melbourne’s John Castle (‘Don’t Hold Me’ and ‘Chemicals’) and Dann Hume (‘Time to Go’ and title-track ‘A Place We Knew’).
Sydney-based producer Dylan Nash, whom Lewis refers to as “almost like the co-producer for the whole album”, ties a thread between the 12 songs that were written and recorded cohesive all over the world.
The record ranges from the uplifting ‘Hold Of Me’ and the celebratory ‘Stay Awake’, to his rawest and most vulnerable tracks ‘Don’t Hold Me’ and ‘Half A Man’.
The singer-songwriter plays piano, acoustic and electric guitar on the record.
Lewis will also play five around the country:
Mon May 6 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney
Sat May 11 – The Tivoli – Brisbane
Tue May 14 – Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide
Wed May 15 – HBF Stadium – Perth
Fri May 17 – The Forum – Melbourne
Tickets go on sale Monday, February 25.