New York’s new kid on the block, Sam Levin, kicked off his career at the ripe age of 5 years old and is on the verge of creating a world of his own with his mature disposition and musical style that’ll charm and captivate listeners of all ages. The young man who is now 15 years old is on the brink of releasing his debut album, ‘Frame of Mind’, which is evidence of what is only the beginning of what’s to come for Mr. Levin.
Sam pours his heart and soul over the album’s opener, “Everything’s Okay”, that is a tale of feeling lonely amongst the presence of the love of his life and having to succumb to agreeing and pretending that everything is okay to keep things happily moving along. If you’re a fan of Jack Johnson and John Mayer, the second track, “Setup”, showcases a tender side of Sam that is full of wonder and pulsating female background vocals that lead to the truth of being taken for granted over affectionate and sensual strumming of the acoustic guitar.
Sam sounds far ahead of his time over the third track, “Shadows of Pale”, over charismatic lyrics that speak of topics that individuals in his age range can connect to while meeting the tastes of older audiences who enjoy sitting on the porch strumming a tune or two.
The fifth track, “Frame of Mind” smoothes away even the darkest imagery with the ease of Sam’s optimism and bewitching pleas of hope. If you dig some good ol’ Jason Mraz, then “Hide and Seek” is a track that will capture your heart and with its mellow and youthful emphasis on existing behind a mask to cover up inner insecurities.
Sam has certainly found his groove and picks up the pace over the eighth track, “Make My Day”, which is fitting to the current style of songwriting that captures modern-day hipsters and today’s Pop music. ‘Frame of Mind’ closes with “Tru Mo” which cleverly laces an old-school touch reminiscent of the opening of an NYC underground Hip-Hop track over the pacifying effect that Sam naturally gives off throughout the album.
It is bewildering that this is Sam’s first release and this album highlights the talent that he has developed over the past ten years of developing the skills to become the exemplary musician that he is destined to gradually become.