Sam Levin releases debut LP ‘Frame of Mind’


Young singer and songwriter Sam Levin has released his debut full-length album, “Frame of Mind.” The record contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Clarence Productions independent record label. Boasting heartfelt lyrics and equal portions indie rock and alternative pop styles, “Frame of Mind” makes it clear that Sam Levin will be a prominent voice for the next few years, and potentially for decades to come.

Sam Levin, 15, has cited as early artistic influences the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Today Levin says he listens to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bon Iver, Alt-J, Childish Gambino, Galactic, Gorillaz and JJ Grey (among others). Fans of these legends have much to look forward to in “Frame of Mind,” which builds on classic song structures while featuring many contemporary qualities that polish it to a high shine.

“’Frame of Mind’ is really about the last year and a half of my life,” Levin says of his debut’s theme. “It’s not a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just what happened.”

Music-News.com says of Levin’s music, “[Sam Levin] weaves together complimentary melodies and tight rhythms with ease and finesse … From the acoustic base, Levin adds in tasteful electronic albums, giving them a modern, folktronica style.”

In a piece titled, “Amazed by the Music of Sam Levin,” Beat.Media writes, “Sam Levin is only fifteen, but he has the musical genius of someone much older than his decade and a half … He can only get better, and he’s already creating amazing music far beyond his years.”

Sam Levin has been recording and releasing music since the age of seven, with his first EP record, “I’m In Here,” appearing in 2014. He writes everything, and performs nearly all of the instruments on his studio projects. His music is warm, welcoming, soulful, and introspective without sounding self-absorbed.

“Frame of Mind is exactly that,” writes Clarence Productions about the record. “It’s full of loneliness and love, friendship and struggle. It’s about choices, changes, reflection and joy.”

Levin himself says, “It’s about music’s place in all of that, in my life.”

Sam Levin has been performing live since the age of seven, too, and is known for his dependably entertaining shows at festivals and humble venues in the New York area and beyond. Last year saw him on a week-long open-mic tour in London. Live performance also plays a major role in his new official video, “Everything’s Okay” (link provided below).

“Frame of Mind” by Sam Levin is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music stores now. Get in early, singer-songwriter fans and fans of the Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales. Sam Levin will be around a long time.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Frame of Mind” by Sam Levin –
https://www.amazon.com/Frame-Mind-Sam-Levin/dp/B06XH597WH/

Everything’s Okay” Official Music Video –
https://youtu.be/LMcOAfoMPTo
Website –

https://www.thesamlevin.com/

Music prodigy Sam Levin releases debut EP ‘I’m in Here’

The 12-year-old singer and songwriter known as Sam Levin has released his debut EP album, “I’m in Here.” The album comprises five original and previously unreleased tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, making for a satisfying introduction to this rapidly rising star from New York City. It has been published on the Clarence Productions independent music label. Upbeat, soulful, startlingly introspective and based on pure rock and roll principles, “I’m in Here” is an EP everyone should be paying attention to, and for several reasons.

“This year while I was writing and recording these songs I listened to a lot of Counting Crows, JJ Grey & Mofro, Galactic, and John Scofield,” writes Levin, whose new record has been anticipated by two singles, October 2012’s “I Sure Hope Not,” and “Being With You Is Easy,” which appeared a year later.

Naturally, a great deal of change can be heard over the first two years of Levin’s music career. His first single sounds not unlike a happier Jack Johnson, while “Being With You Is Easy” feels decidedly Beatles-esque. Now, having recorded a full five tracks over the last year, complete with backup vocals, layered harmonies, varied instrumentation and truly thought-provoking lyrics, it seems that Levin isn’t just ready for the public eye and ear – he’s already there.

“I saw an electric guitar hanging on the wall of a music shop when I was five years old,” he writes, “and knew that’s what I wanted to do. And when I got a loop pedal, that’s when things really changed. I started to compose music and I became a songwriter.”

Songwriting isn’t the half of it, however. Listeners who expect music clearly written by a middle-school student will be utterly shocked at how engaging Levin’s themes and artistic interests can be. “Look at Me,” for instance, is an aggressive castigation of social media showing a generation of people too fascinated with Twitter and Facebook, etc., who argue that they need online followers and subscribers because as Levin sarcastically puts it, “How else will I know I’m alive?”

Speaking of other topics he discusses on his record, Sam writes:

“Well, each song has its own message. ‘I’m In Here’ says that even though we all act or think differently from one another, deep down we are all just people with feelings who want the same things. I plan on donating the money I make from this song to a charity that helps children with autism.

“’On My Way to You’ is about how life is full of stress and things we have to do and places we have to go, but there is always comfort in returning home.

“’Why Not’ is about all of the awful things that powerful people do that hurt the planet and the people, just so they can have more money. It’s obvious those things should change, but they don’t, and I can’t figure out why not.

“’Jam on A’ is about finding something you love to do to get through hard times. For me that’s playing music with my family and friends.”

Sam Levin writes, sings, and plays guitar, piano, bass guitar, saxophone, and drums and percussion. He performs pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin music, and often blends these sounds for a result that approaches alternative. He studies music and music theory at the Lagond School in Elmsford, NY. When not releasing official singles and records, Levin enjoys video and board games, makes short films, and reads fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and Game Informer.

His artist’s bio concludes with the amusing fact that he is “not really a big eater; he eats because he has to.”

“I’m in Here” by Sam Levin is available online worldwide. Fans of musical genius everywhere should get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

I’m in Here” by Sam Levin –

http://www.amazon.com/Im-Here-EP-Sam-Levin/dp/B00PAAJEJ8/
Website –
http://www.thesamlevin.com/

11-year-old phenom Sam Levin releases new single, ‘Being With You Is Easy’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

 

One of the world’s youngest singer-songwriters, Sam Levin, has released his latest new single, “Being With You Is Easy.” The track is the most significant Levin release since his October 2012 single, “I Sure Hope Not.” A pop rock song with an undeniably catchy melody and unstoppable groove, “Being With You Is Easy” has instantly solidified Levin’s place as one of music’s most intriguing and inspirational artists today.

 

At 11 years old, Levin plays all of the instruments heard in his latest single, and fronts his sound as lead singer. He cites as main artistic influences Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Winwood, and Stevie Wonder, or as he himself puts it, “Musicians who write and play lots of instruments.”

 

Intuitively, the sound of “Being With You Is Easy” is uncannily like a cross between the Beatles and the Monkees, and if Sir Paul hasn’t heard the track yet, chances are exceptionally good that he will before long. Like everyone else who has heard it, he will doubtless be enthusiastically pleased.

 

In addition to the above music legends, Levin also names some more modern heroes.

 

“I also like more recent bands like Cake, Fleet Foxes and Shaimus,” he writes, “bands with a cool edge to their music and a real unique sound.”

 

Levin plays guitar, piano, bass, saxophone, and drums and percussion, in addition to being a natural singer. He plays pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin music. In between cuts, he brushes up on music theory at the Lagond School in Elmsford, NY.

 

“I got an electric guitar when I was five and started taking lessons,” he says. “I learned to play and to jam, but the big jump forward happened when I got a loop pedal. That’s when I started to really compose music. That’s when I became a songwriter.”

 

Speaking of the themes explored in “Being With You Is Easy,” Levin writes with characteristic maturity:

 

“You meet a lot of people. Some are nice and some aren’t. My friends are fun and easy to be with, winning or losing, good times or bad. No drama. Those are the kinds of friends we should try to have, and those are the kinds of people we should try to be.”

 

If the reader is getting the impression that there is some serious intelligence behind this lad’s eyes, then the reader is hereby ushered to the listening room for the real deal. Levin’s music speaks for itself, and should be heard by music fans at the earliest possible convenience by all means.

 

“Being With You Is Easy” by Sam Levin is available online worldwide Sept. 8th, 2013.

 

-S. McCauley

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

 

The single “Being With You Is Easy” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

eMail –

david@thedavidlevin.com

website –

thedavidlevin.com

Ten-year-old Sam Levin releases debut single, “I Sure Hope Not”

Prodigy has skills far beyond his years, quickly proving his place in music

At the tender age of 10, Sam Levin has already done what most of us can only dream of – write and record a hit song.

“I Sure Hope Not,” his debut single, is a catchy acoustic pop song with impressive songwriting and production skills far beyond what you’d expect from a child. But the undeniable melody provides an irresistible pull that draws fans in quickly.

Sam’s musical journey began at the age of five, when he saw an electric guitar on the wall at a local music store and said, “I want to do that!”  He started playing guitar, and soon after began taking piano lessons too.  He quickly learned enough to begin performing at local open mic nights near his home.

Three years ago Sam began attending The Lagond Music School in Elmsford, NY where his musical education broadened to include Latin, Funk, Jazz, R&B and more. Now age 10, he currently plays guitar, bass, piano, drums, percussion, and vocals.

Sam’s influences include Jack Johnson, Bill Withers, The Beatles, Herbie Hancock, and it shows. “I Sure Hope Not” has all the lighthearted, playful innocence of Jack Johnson’s best work.

The performance is all the more impressive when you realize that not only did Levin perform the guitar and vocals, but he’s also responsible for the backing guitar, bass, piano, and drums on the track. He also did the recording himself.

The song poses an existential question about Levin’s future – will he grow up to be jaded, greedy, or cruel? It questions the conventional Hollywood stereotype, and asks hard questions that most 10-year-olds have never even considered.

With a debut like this, Levin doesn’t need to worry about what he’s going to be when he grows up. Anyone listening to “I Sure Hope Not” already knows just what the future holds for Sam Levin – a long career in music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhS13Bj6t3Q

– L. Cutler

Staff Press Release Writer

MondoTunes

The single “I Sure Hope Not” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

eMail –            david@thedavidlevin.com

website –         thedavidlevin.com