Lewis

Earlier this year, the label Light In The Attic unearthed and reissued L’Amour, a pretty and mysterious 1983 album from a completely unknown artist named Lewis. Soon after, another Lewis album, this one from 1985 and titled Romantic Times materialized. Just a few weeks later, the label found that Lewis, whose real name is Randall Wulff, is alive and well, with no real interest in his past musical life. But for someone who no longer makes music, it appears that Lewis may be the most prolific artist of 2014. As Pitchfork points out, a third Lewis album has been unearthed. This one is called Love Ain’t No Mystery, and he recorded it in the early ’00s under the name Randy Duke. Below, listen to two songs, “Heartbreak” and “It’s A Frail Thing.”


(via FACT)

I’m still not convinced that this whole story is real, but you can buy Love Ain’t No Mystery here.

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Comments (8)
  1. Let me guess: 4th Album discovered/unearthed by the end of 2014?

  2. At this rate it’ll turn out this guy was Will Oldham levels of prolific.

  3. This is beginning to sound far too manufactured of a scenario to be legitimate. That or I, and the countless others who feel this way, are so prematurely jaded and cynical from the modern world that we can’t take anything at face value.

    Either outcome is a mondo bummer.

    • Why is it so unbelievable that some guy recorded a bunch of albums that no one cared about until now? So the first album was brought to the public’s attention a while back (through the internet, the same resource that makes stars out of unknown cats on a daily basis), and in that time, many people have had a chance to look for more of this guy’s work, at least one of whom has made researching this guy a part-time job. Since the Light in the Attic label heads made contact with Wulff recently, it’s very likely that they found out about or gained access to other albums he released. Also, if he told them other pseudonyms he had used, that also would have made it easier to seek out his work.
      There seems to be an epidemic of chronic irrational cynicism among people who have never known a world without the internet. Yes, I realize that the web is a place where people hide behind fake identities and sometimes have fun perpetuating hoaxes…but that doesn’t mean that everyone and everything is not what it seems and that there is nothing authentically wondrous in THE REAL WORLD. I’m 34, and in recent years, I can’t even post an intelligent comment under a YouTube video without someone accusing me of pasting the text from Wikipedia (which, sadly, is apparently viewed by many as the gold standard for informed thought). In addition, about 50% of comments whose intent/meaning requires any interpretation will almost certainly result in someone typing something about “trolling.” We are fast becoming the idiocracy that Mike Judge prophesied.

      • You make a really strong argument and I do want to believe that it’s just a continual unearthing of really good music from an artist who made music for the sake of making it and not for fame. I will readily admit to a woeful case of cynicism. At 25, I can only it see it getting worse by virtue of my inability to not be a totaling nihilist about many things. Ironically, that nihilism often finds it root in the very comments you speak of.

        In short, my original comment stems from a personal lean rather than genuinely calling these discoveries into question. I hope they do find some more as the guy is pretty fascinating, despite not knowing much more than he’s alive and he writes really soulful music.

  4. Auto  |   Posted on Aug 27th +1

    I don’t see why another album makes the story less believable. Dammit, I just want to believe!

    Backstory aside, this record sounds like it’ll be as good as the first 2. Which are outstanding, particularly L’Amour.

  5. why don’t they just ask him how many more albums he has? how did they find some old mp3s? did they log into an Mp3.com profile from 99 or something?

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