Photo by Emma Robinson, design by Noah Sherrin

Photo by Emma Robinson, design by Noah Sherrin

Pleasure Craft - EP2 (2019)

With EP2, Lewis turns darker, more anxious, less linear, more sarcastic. “Work It Out,” the riveting opening track, parses Lewis’ difficulty maintaining relationships with partners, friends, and family as a result of hypermasculine coding and the ways it catalyzes mental illness. “I don’t wanna say what I mean cause it doesn’t matter/I don’t wanna say what I mean cause I don’t care!” he cries on the chorus. “Soda” is a bright, bubbly ‘80s dance-pop track that takes on how men pacify themselves with drugs and alcohol in lieu of personal expression. “Let It Fade,” which builds to a hulking, improvised outro, is a vulnerable exploration of how Lewis relates to himself and other people. “If I write a lyric that makes me uncomfortable, if it’s not something I would want to announce to a room full of people, those are usually the best lyrics,” he says.

 
Photo by Emma Robinson, design by Noah Sherrin

Photo by Emma Robinson, design by Noah Sherrin

Pleasure Craft - EP1 (2018)

Thematically, the project is located squarely in Lewis’ lived experience. EP1 was written right after he moved to Toronto, and its undercurrents of ambition, self-perception, and others’ perception of the self reflect the city’s preoccupation with these queries. Lyrics across his fast-growing discography prod at these ideas: “Everything that I own is a version of myself in a solid object/Everyone that I meet is a model on an east Toronto billboard,” he croons on the jilted R&B of EP1 cut, “Back In The Game.”