If you’ve kept a close eye over the past few years, you may have come across some writers gushing over a long-lost artist named Lewis. The heart-stopping, “Twin Peaks”-esque, borderline incoherent L’Amour was released in 1983 and believed to be the Canadian mystery man’s only record. Washington label Light In The Attic gave the little-known release new life this April, and it easily could’ve ended with that.
However, the legend of Lewis just took a dramatic new turn with the uncovering of a second LP, 1985’s Romantic Times, an album no one even knew existed until an eBay listing from a Calgary record shop employee appeared. Don’t be alarmed by the enormous price tag; winning this warehouse treasure is not your only way to hear the sophomore album. Light In The Attic has come through once again, reissuing this “Lewis Baloue” LP and putting it up for download right now. It’s the kind of story you couldn’t make up even if you tried.
To make this whole thing even more fantastic, blog favorite Recycle Culture has already remixed one of Romantic Times’ unearthed tracks. On “Don’t Stop It Now,” the enigma’s tortured vocals take center stage, but Recycle Culture adds a little bit of flair to the weary, somber instrumentation that surrounds them. At the very least, the syncopated percussion makes it slightly more lively, but there’s still something about it that’s difficult to swallow. It’s a haunting, stunning track, much like the ghost of a man we call Lewis.
Check out some 30 second snippets of Romantic Times and purchase it on Light In The Attic’s website, and stream Recycle Culture’s edit below. Who knows if it’ll be up for very long, so don’t miss it.