Koreless Returns With “Druids”

Koreless returns with new single "Druids." The track, is the first, since the Welsh producer's debut epic release Agor
Koreless photo by Eloise Parry

Lewis Roberts aka Koreless’ has returned with new single “Druids”, the track is out today via Young (Oliver Sim, Romy) and streaming services. The track follows the Welsh artist’s previous album Agor.

Lewis grew up in the Welsh coastal town of Bangor, in a house built on the banks of a strong flowing estuarine river, spending his youth getting into scrapes sailing near the notoriously dangerous Menai Strait. He took his knowledge of the sea to study Marine Engineering at university. But even while learning about naval studies, he found he was thinking about music: “In the interview for my course, I was asked what would happen if I were to add these three waveforms together. I already knew the answer because I had been playing about with vst synths, with sound waves.”

Because Lewis was already making music and had been for a while. He began creating rudimentary tunes on a big old desktop computer running Cakewalk and VJ, which had been gifted to him by a Café del Mar-loving uncle. This gift proved crucial to Lewis. Rural North Wales can feel very distant from any music scene, but this old computer’s hard drive contained an “encyclopedic body of pop, electronica, chill out and house” ranging from Moby to Lemon Jelly. This cache was essentially Lewis’ introduction to listening to electronic music; it made him realise he wanted to be a music producer, and by the time he left school, Lewis had unlocked the processes that allowed Koreless to be born.

After a series of startling early releases, including his debut EP – 4D – in 2011, he started working with the London-based label Young, releasing collaborative work with Sampha and the game-changing ‘Yūgen’ EP later that year. And then he eventually turned his attention to his debut album, Agor, which was over five years in the making, as it was consistently in process in the background while he put out a run of collaborations including: touring worldwide with his A/V show ‘The Well’ with Emmanuel Biard, performing with Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s L-E-V Dance Company at Bold Tendencies in 2019, and not to mention 18 months on and off working with FKA twigs on her Magdalene album, alongside other high-profile ghost production work. Roberts has also re-imagined Britten’s interlude “Moonlight”, and recently recorded remixes for Perfume Genius and Caribou.

Purchase Druids by Koreless HERE