Image by Lisa Businovski
WORDS BY ISABELLA ROSS
Lewis Coleman’s debut album has just landed with a sound polished like a bowling ball. After 5 years in the slow cooker this 9 track LP Method of Places is ready to sweep you up into a dream state. Born and raised in Melbourne, these songs were written in 5 different bedrooms across 5 years, resulting in a visceral nostalgia. I can hear the jazz bars and trams clunking their way across the city under the surface of these tracks, they ooze a distinctly Melbourne sound. Method of Places is an album of abstract songs, celebrating the evolution of Coleman from boy to man. He plays with light and dark in such a way that brings a depth and maturity to this body of work.
The album opens with a Face Transplant, a track that will haunt your day in a friendly way. At just under three minutes this one sets the tone for the rest of the album with some funky synths, breathy vocals, and an experimental sound. The synths sprinkled throughout Face Transplant are a groovy throwback to the 80’s, and a perfect intro to Method of Places.
From here we move into Animal, which mixes Coleman’s experimental dreamy sounds with more traditional rock instrumentation. This track cements the artists love of few lyrics layered on top of his beat. The seamless fade from Animal to Is This Me Now feels like stepping over the threshold into the album’s soundscape. Is This Me Now has a darker and more inquisitive sound. Although it is quite slow this one builds tension in the middle before releasing with a stripped vocal track.
Going Your Way is a relaxed lofi beat that reminds me of a cozy café. The cicada sounds make this one feel very Australian. The dreamy harmonies in Going Your Way left me very excited for warm summer nights. 6 wines in and idly playing the piano this track is a memory of long nights of reflection.
Initially released in early August this year, Good Side has racked up over 11k Spotify streams becoming Coleman’s most popular release. Filled with fun memories and a faster tempo, Good Side brings a brighter energy to Method of Places.
Sing it Over has a similar slow pace to Going Your Way. There are so many interesting little production details I can’t quite place my finger on, but this one makes me feel like I am stuck inside an old school video game. Can’t Face It keeps the slower pace but adds a super groovy beat. Although the evolution is subtle Coleman continues to change things up and keep us as listeners on our feet. I can hear the influence of Tame Impala throughout Can’t Face It from the fully immersive sound created by a one man band.
Cut it Out begins to wrap up the album creating a distance between the song and the listener. The track feels as if you are far away and can’t quite reach your destination. Soft vocals and a hesitant piano tune are at the heart of Cut it Out. Involved leaves us with something to remember, a funky beat, some melodic harmonies that release with a beautiful atmospheric outro. Method of Places is left on a beautiful note that feels like the peaceful silene after a really wonderful conversation.
Each song in Method of Places creates its own sonic world. Melbourne locals should definitely check this album out to see the incredible and experimental work coming out of our own city. The Australian music scene is thriving with new and established artists, we are so lucky to discover spectacular gems like this on our own doorstep.