Sam Levin Stirs The Soul With Debut Album “Frame of Mind”
Today’s hyper-commercialized muscial landscape forces young artists into preconceived boxes at a very young age. It is always refreshing to come across an artist who is dead set on doing it their own way. Sam Levin is a talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who started his career in music when he was just 5 years old, pointing to a Fender Mini-Strat on the wall of a local music store and saying, “I want to do that!”
In an age where young musicians aim to please by singing on TV talent show competitions, Sam, having grown up on a steady diet of classic artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne decided he would rather write and record his own songs. Between the age of 7 and 11 Sam did just that, he released several self-produced songs and videos and at 12 released his debut EP titled I’m In Here. Now, at 15 years old, Sam is releasing his first full-length album, Frame of Mind.
Sam’s undeniably honest lyrics, soul-soothing vocals, and crisp production combine to create a captivating indie experience. Lead single “Hide & SeeK” is stirring and introspective tune that is as infectious as it is relatable. The album’s title track “Frame Of Mind” is a spectacular acoustic ballad that brims with a triumphant and positive energy. Sam exhibits a conspicuously old soul for someone of his tender years. At only 15 years old Sam Levin is showing that he has a profound wealth of wisdom and maturity that should speak to all of his listeners. Other highlights from Frame Of Mind include the funky synth-driven “Make My Day”, the beautifully somber “Shades Of Pale” and the immensely upbeat “I Sure Hope Not (Again)”.
“Frame of Mind, is really about the last year and a half of my life,” according to Sam. “It’s not a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just what happened.” His music has been called “upbeat, soulful” and “startlingly introspective,” and Frame of Mind is exactly that. It’s full of loneliness and love, friendship and struggle. It’s about choices, changes, reflection and joy. Most importantly for Sam, “it’s about music’s place in all of that, in my life.” The record has a sense of wistful optimism best expressed in the title track, “It’s all gonna be all right, right, right.” Sam composed all of the music and lyrics himself and performs almost all of the parts on his recordings.
Sam has performed on many stages from his first open-mic when he was 7, to his more recent 1 and 2 hour shows at coffee houses, community and arts festivals, and his 1-week London Open Mic Tour. Sam’s musical tastes cover a broad spectrum of unique artists and songwriters, from Herbie Hancock to James Blake, from Courtney Barnett to Bon Iver, Alt-J and Childish Gambino, and throw in some Galactic, Gorillaz and JJ Grey for good measure.
For fans of The Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales, be on the lookout for the young Sam Levin and his debut full-length album, Frame of Mind. Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by David Levin it is set for release March 28th 2017.