Australian artist Benji Lewis has teamed up with Portland duo Meridian for this beautifully chilled indie-dance release called ‘Ingrained In Wood’ that is going to be the perfect addition to your feel-good vibes playlist this summer.
The guys give us some insight below into how this collaboration came about and what it was like working together, which both agree was a very natural and enjoyable process.
“We are really excited to be releasing ‘ingrained in wood’ as the first song in a series of singles for 2022. We wrote the initial idea for this song back in early 2020, At which point it was much slower and had a strong D&B influence.
We picked the demo back up this winter, took the original guitar parts and vocal chops and put them in an entirely different and more upbeat context. Benji Lewis’ vocals fit perfectly with the new vibe of the track and the rest of the song quickly fell into place from there.” – Meridian
“Kyle and Everett (aka Meridian) were interested in doing a writing session with me just as much as I was with them. We jumped on a zoom after I sent a few vocal ideas for an instrumental they had towards the end of 2021. Then as we continued to work on it everything flowed so naturally. We bounced some great ideas off each other and workshopped the lyrics together as well. It really was a great experience, it felt like working with friends on some good music.
I’m really excited for this release and I’m proud of what we’ve created together. I feel this song has a certain power, strength and emotion flowing through it; if you are going through those ups and downs of a relationship, I feel you. It’s not always easy and sometimes you feel you have no control over it. I hope it gets better with this person or clarity in being able to move forward and on from them.” – Benji Lewis