By Frank Bell
Boston-based Singapore singer-songwriter lewloh, gets personal with alt-pop number summer boy, lifted from his forthcoming album ‘michigan/missinghim’ due this summer through Singapore indie cult label Where Are The Fruits Records.
What was the first album you bought?
The first album I can remember buying was either Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go” album or Hilary Duff’s “Metamorphosis”.
I grew up listening to a lot of female pop artists, and absolutely adored their energy and strength both on and off stage.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
In terms of lyric writing, I consider Michael David Rosenberg (Passenger) to be one of my biggest inspirations. He is able to weave multiple metaphors into his songs, creating beautiful pictures with his words, ultimately fueling me with a drive to practice and hone my own writing style. A simple but sweet song by them to check out is “Coins In A Fountain”.
What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
I really enjoy understanding the psychology and behavior of people – hence my favorite book genre, self-help. I think it’s interesting to dissect people’s perspectives on painful experiences and to try to write songs that are neither black or white. Bitter breakups have their sweet moments, while highlights also have their shadows
Tell us about your new single ’summerboy’?
‘summer boy’ is a song I wrote with Emilia Ali, 6 months after a breakup. I took some time after the emotional highs and lows post-breakup, to reflect on the ways in which I could’ve been a better partner. He enjoyed going outside, riding bikes and being in nature, and I wish I had said yes more often.
What have you got lined up for 2021?
I’ve got the album coming out early fall, alongside a slew of music videos, and shows that I can’t wait to share and experience with my listeners. Especially excited to finally be doing music full-time, after graduating from college in May.