“Dreamer” (EP) by Dova Lewis
“Dreamer”, the lead single from Canadian singer/songwriter Dova Lewis’ self-titled EP is a wondrous little curiosity. Before really unpacking it in this review, I highly recommend you watch the music video for it available on Youtube directed by Emillie Rosas because to me it’s one of the best depictions of a music video working so effortlessly with a song. Okay, watched it? Good. I think one of the best things about this single and its accompanying video is a very subtle tactic that you can see in the video itself.
That ultimately this isn’t about Lewis. Yes, this is about Lewis and her music and her abilities, but when you watch the video, she’s almost this omniscient voice, whose literal voice is being lent as a tool of expression for the fantastic dancer MQueen, and in a way, I think that’s the best way to describe the song and EP overall. It’s not about her, it’s made for us and we should be thankful that she uses her voice to help us raise our own. At 14, being gifted a guitar from her now late father, Lewis formed an alt-rock duo and focused her efforts on songwriting and as she went into college, she honed her skills further by studying jazz singing and composition which you can see all of this on display. She has the rough and tumbles vocal work of an alt singer but her voice always remains beautiful, it’s just the words she emphasizes and places certain infections on are so powerful and she can alternate from this more edgy zone into something more melodic like you’d hear in an older jazz lounge piece.
She’s a real renaissance woman as far as it goes musically, and after taking some time to join a community of like-minded artists, she took herself to LA to record this EP and you can almost certainly tell it left an impact. Her track “Build Myself” might be one of the more literal songs on this album because you can easily relate it to all the places she’s been in her life and where she wants to go next. “Dreamer” is the winner of the 2021 Women’s Freedom Song Contest and it’s certainly more than deserved, This feels like the kind of album a 15-year-old girl would discover and it would absolutely touch her soul. People can feel the passion from a mile away and I can easily see Lewis’ own narrative and music inspiring countless girls and women to try their hand at music, or their life passions in general.
“Star shines bright, new beginnings” she sings in the track “California” which is both about the love of the state, but also about moving on the next part of your life and currently Dova joined the Montreal Gospel Choir, so it’s a little up in the air what’s next for her, but I hope she makes a quick return to recorded work. Music is her home, and we’re lucky enough to be her guests.