Over the last few months Benji Lewis has been doing a lot of songwriting to help pass the time. Recently he’s given us two singles – Peaceful & Everything’s Alright – and he’s coming back to us now with the gorgeous sounds of new single ‘Stay Around’.
‘Stay Around’ was written with Tom Eggert, aka T Scarlett, during a trip that Benji took up to Brisbane earlier this year – before the COVID mayhem began. As Benji explains below, the song came together quite easily, and even though he and Tom had just met for the first time, they bonded quickly over delicious home-made smoothies…
“I wrote this song with a new friend, Tom Eggert, in Brisbane earlier this year pre lockdown and border closures. Tom and I were chilling at his home studio, listening to some music and also bonding over a shared new love for a good home-made smoothie. Eventually we got to writing. He began playing with a few guitar chords and some production and soon after the lyrics and melodies started flowing. It came together pretty quickly and by the end of the day we had a song and we felt really good about it.” – Benji Lewis
This is essentially a love song, but it’s more about coming out of an intense relationship, thinking that particular person might actually be the one, discovering they are not but then finding someone else that surpasses all expectations. It’s about dealing with the emotions and exhaustion that comes with that experience, putting things into perspective, getting over your fears and taking a chance on something that just feels right.
“This song is about how you feel after a breakup with someone you really loved, and how you then deal with new relationships because of that experience. When you do meet someone new who is looking for a real chance, you tend to be super cautious and keep your distance, and you ask yourself; Maybe you could be ready? Maybe it’ll all work out this time? Maybe you should stay around?
It’s also about perspective, vulnerability and strength. It’s about getting over your fears and taking a risk on someone new who just might be worth it all.” – Benji Lewis
‘Stay Around’ is available everywhere now including Spotify & Apple Music via AWAL.
Production by Tom Eggert, aka T Scarlett
Mixing by Tristan Hoogland
Mastering by John Greenham
Artwork by Alexy Prefontaine (Aeforia)
Press Photos by Sean Pyke