The story of Dova Lewis is much like her history as a filmmaker, it’s cinematic in scope. From Montreal to Hawaii, to Los Angeles, Dova Lewis has lived more than many ever will. Her musical background dates back to around 14 years old, when her late father gifted her, her first guitar. She formed her first band, and never really looked back. She is said to have become “obsessed” with old grunge music videos, which somehow led her into filmmaking.
After growing up in Montreal, she absconded to Hawaii, in the wake of an emotionally taxing period in her life. It is there she said she found her true destiny was to be a songwriter, all along. From Hawaii, she then relocated to Los Angeles, where she began work on her Self-Titled EP. She eventually recorded the 4 song record at Clearlake Studios. “Dreamer” is the leadoff single to the Dova Lewis EP.
Dova Lewis’s style has a familiarity and a distinct originality all at the same time. On “Dreamer,” she compiles the sum of her facets into one gloriously heterodox pop song. What starts off as a piano driven, Adele like ballad, suddenly bursts into a pulsating and impassioned chorus, unlike anything we often hear. Dova shows off her impressive range, with a vocal performance that seems to emanate from the pit of her soul. This is the type of song that instantly creates a star.
The production quality on the track is of superior and professional quality. Frequently with recordings that contain such a unique shift in dynamics, the balance can be compromised, but that is not the case, here. “Dreamer,” resonates with you, exactly how it is intended to, with a melodic verse and an out of nowhere chorus, that leaves you stunned in the most satisfying way. It’s the type of arrangement that gives you chills, the first time, you hear it. Lewis’s voice is well developed and is able to seamlessly move from one key to another, in what would be a challenge for less tenured vocalists.
There is a video attached to “Dreamer,” that is equally as gripping as the song, itself. We start with jumping shots of Lewis, herself, until the chorus kicks in. In one of the more well syncopated bits of camera work you will see, a brightly clad dancer, begins furious movement. The shot is captured from a considerable distance, as we absorb how the setting and the dancer, become one. The video is highly recommended, as an effectively accommodating piece to the song.
Dova Lewis has really knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s a highly signature effort, and she has established a completely unique identity, right out of the gate. It’s an auspicious debut for her, and it’s hard to believe this is her debut album. It’s going to be interesting to see how “Dreamer” is received in such a saturated market. Here’s one to dreams coming true.
by Bethany Page