Taking matters into your own hands is exactly what singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sam Levin did in order to get his name into the music scene. From a young age Sam knew that he wanted to make it big in music. Between the ages of 7 and 11 he has released several self-produced songs and videos and at 12 he released his debut EP, I’m Here. Now 15, he released his first full length album Frame of Mind.
There are 12 songs on Frame of Mind which give off the type of music on would listen to in a coffee shop on a rainy day or in some record store. The type of audience for these songs are aimed at the teens, particularly around Sam’s age. Despite him only being 15, his influences of music trail back to the Beatles giving his music that classic pop and rock feel to it.
The mix of genres in the album are electronic, acoustic, and indie. The opening track “Everything’s Okay” sets the scene for the album, yet this song in particular has the most production in it. The rest of the album seems to be more basic with moments of surprise instruments and sound effects. Throughout the whole album different styles are incorporated, going from indie rock to an impassioned folk, while framed by a clear adherence to pop. Each song that passes my on the track flows perfectly to the other one.
“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.”
Sam’s music is upbeat, soulful, and extremely optimistic. Frame of Mind is full of loneliness and love, friendship and struggle. It’s mainly about reflection, changing, and finding joys in life regardless of what has happened.
“It’s gonna be alright, right, right.” Sam says about his album being optimistic and expressed in the title of that very track. Sam seems to be off on a high note with his album and he is the perfect candidate to inspire other young talent.