EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Lewis Premieres “I Was There,” the Final Single And Focus Track From His Upcoming Album

Joshua Lewis is gearing up to drop his sophomore album, Friction, on Nov. 11, having already released three tracks from the upcoming record. “Heartbreaker” was the first, “Only You” arrived second, and “Thinkin’ About You” dropped third. Glasse Factory is premiering the album’s final song and focus track, “I Was There.”

The multi-instrumentalist engineered and produced for other local artists, like the American indie rock band Built to Spill with their latest record. He then ventured into exploring the other side of the studio glass by self-recording his debut album Too Soft—a simplistic record with delicate and intricate harmonies. Lewis has accumulated a lot of success as a producer and artist, and it doesn’t seem like he’s planning on stopping.

Lewis returns with Friction, an eight-track record that breezes through topics of love and heartbreak, especially in the last song, “I Was There.” While singing lead in the track with Tanner Schut singing vocal harmonies and playing the drums, the Idaho crooner conjures up John Denver and Elton John influences to gently sing about the anguish of losing someone you love and dealing with the possible reality that there’s a slim chance you’ll see them again.

It’s exceedingly important to note how Lewis takes his time with the music; it adds to the emotional aspect of the track. Laggy piano playing occurs at the beginning of the song, but it’s an essential part because heartbreak oozes from it, and Lewis’ voice—shows the listener he’s feeling what he’s singing. “I Was There” gains more bite in the middle while maintaining a melancholy sound when the fuzzy guitars enter.

Lewis clearly has no issues getting candid with his listeners through his music, which says a lot about him as an artist. “I Was There” has a sense of depth and vulnerability that allows listeners to resonate with the lyrics—it’s a perfect way to end Friction. Ending the album in a melancholy manner leaves an opportunity for Lewis to return with a more upbeat and fun-filled one—maybe a Beach Boys-style summer album.

Alongside the final single, Lewis is also releasing a visual created by Benajmin Violet to accompany “I Was There.”

Friction drops on Nov. 11 and will be available on all music streaming platforms. Listen to the record and follow Lewis on his Instagram, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

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