Conrad Sewell delivers an evocative statement with his debut album, ’LIFE’

Conrad Sewell delivers an evocative statement with his debut album, ’LIFE’

Words by Rhys McKenzie

The emerging pop singer is strikingly candid on the 15-track release.

Having already established a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost emerging pop artists, Conrad Sewell has finally delivered his debut album, LIFE.

It’s a scary thing marching into your first major release, yet, Sewell treads confidently forward with the impressive singles, ‘Start Again’ and ‘Healing Hands’ – initially released in 2015 and 2018 respectively – at the top.

You could guess from the album title, Sewell gives us, over the course of fifteen tracks, a slice of life; his life in fact. He ponders over his past regrets with such tracks as ‘Come Clean’, ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Changing’; the latter two being a highlight for their sombre nature and Sewell’s slick vocals. 

Moreover, he contemplates his hopes and dreams, adding sweetness and plenty of perspective to the album. Largely a piano-driven record, you get the feeling that you may be listening to the same song over and over again, but that doesn’t take away from the sentiment. His debut LP, it’s remarkable how quickly Sewell has found his voice.

Behind his equally distinguishable and endearing vocals, Sewell creates an immersive and telling opus of retrospection, spotlighting the importance of perseverance.