Here at the Send Me Your Ears Studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from London, UK artist, Lewis Knaggs. Third Eye was released on June 2nd, 2023 and was a very welcome listen in our ears today.
In the words of Lewis, “Third Eye is about trying to hold onto the memories, advice and words of
wisdom given to me over the years as I progress through life, whether that
may be words shared with me by close friends & family, or from loved ones
that have passed. The song originally came into existence with the memory of
my grandfather, he was a legend who greatly influenced my life and provided
a lot of advice. As I wrote the song, it started to take a shape of its own in a
whole new way since losing a few more close friends.”
The song starts with a positive and driving upbeat rhythm with a superb droning organ in the background and a lovely clean guitar part. There are some beautifully subtle effects on the vocals, and Lewis’ voice shines through clearly. The lyrics paint a wonderful picture and the vocals are clear enough to discern every heartfelt word.
The unexpected chord progressions help keep the listener engaged and the truly subtle harmonies in the choruses and a very welcome addition. The whole song just feels so positive!
Lewis makes great use of some 16-beat tambourine and the chorus, whilst simple, is incredibly catchy and engaging.
We absolutely loved the momentary, almost A Capella, section, which clearly demonstrated Lewis’ superb vocal abilities.
The song builds dramatically with a double chorus with extra vocals and change-ups in the drum rhythms, leading to a stinger ending which simply forced us to hit ‘replay’. This is really quality and charming, well-written indie folk/rock.
Ideas from our ears
A boost around 60Hz could help bring up the thump of the kick drum and another around 250Hz could increase the warmth in the low mids. Lastly, a shelf boost from around 4kHz and up would add a touch extra brightness and presence. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Third Eye was our first introduction to this independent singer-songwriter from London, but Lewis Knaggs has powered up our “ones to watch” list. Highly recommended.