Dean Lewis returns with his first single of 2022 “Hurtless” taken from his forthcoming second album. Following 2021’s “Looks Like Me” and “Falling Up,” “Hurtless” is an honest, revealing piece of songwriting that sees Lewis emotionally replay the crushing end of a relationship. The soaring ballad balances the despair of a breakup with a feeling of hope, envisioning a brighter future.
Written from the heart about a true story Lewis says, “You know when you plan your entire life out with someone, you see your future with that person, then all of a sudden one night, they do something and from that point on, you realize they are not the person you thought they were. All your plans for the future aren’t going to happen and you’re back to just being with yourself.”
This new single features some of his most vivid songwriting yet. In the chorus, the stark imagery of “standing in a black dress” is used by Lewis as a metaphor depicting the juxtaposition between wearing white to a wedding and wearing black to a funeral.
“The lady wearing the black dress to me, represents the funeral of the relationship,” he says.
It’s a dark portrayal but as always with Lewis’ music, there’s a focus on a future where it doesn’t feel like this anymore. “I know the day will come when this won’t hurt anymore, and all the pain is just an afterthought,” he sings.
“Hurtless” is accompanied by a video shot in Ireland and directed by James Fitzgerald (Kodaline, Purple Disco Machine, James). Fitzgerald is a multi award winning director/writer. In 2021, his short film, The Invisible Boy, was long listed for an Oscar, along with an IFTA nomination and a Young Director Awards shortlist at the Cannes lions. Fitzgerald has created a deeply affecting music video for “Hurtless” that features a man in a coma after a tragic incident reflecting on what went wrong in his relationship. Irish actors Frank Blake (‘Normal People’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, ‘Vikings: Valhalla’) and Stephanie Dufresne (‘As Luck Would Have It’) give a powerful performance with Lewis making a cameo during the clip’s climax.
Dean Lewis went from unknown to world-wide recognition with the release of his 2019 Album A Place We Knew which debuted #18 on the Billboard Top 200 in the USA, as well as a Top 5 Billboard Pop Album.
Accredited Gold in the US, the LP produced a number of local and international smashes including his debut single ‘Waves’ (which also reached Gold status in the US) but it was ‘Be Alright’ which would drive Lewis’ career even further, catapulting his music to the world stage and contributing to his music. ‘Be Alright’ is triple platinum in the USA and landed Dean in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart as well as the prestigious Apple ‘Up Next’ title.