MULTI-TALENTED SINGER/SONGWRITER SAM LEVIN TAKES A FRESH APPROACH TO SONGWRITING ON HIS 3RD ALBUM ‘A GENERAL AIR OF REGRET’ AND ITS SPOTLIGHT SINGLE “BOOKMARK”
An amazingly accomplished live performer, songwriter and recording artist who released his first single at age 10, Sam Levin, now 17, is trying something new on his 3rd album, A General Air of Regret.
Rather than writing songs about himself and the details of his life and relationships, or a free flow of thoughts and abstract images, Sam is looking for an elusive middle ground of ambiguity, where songs aren’t about feelings – they are feelings.
The suburban New York based singer-songwriter shares this multitude of those feelings via acoustic guitar, synthesizer and piano driven songs on his latest full length album A General Air of Regret. Its focal track, the soulful and hypnotic “Bookmark,” is a compelling acoustic tune that by design, Sam says, “people can experience as it relates to them, not me. The song allows me to showcase my guitar work, and it’s also a good introduction to the sometimes offbeat way I write lyrics, with dreamlike words and situations that people can attach their own feelings to. To me, ‘Bookmark’ embodies the feeling of being somewhere new, but where you’re not alone – so it’s not a scary new, it’s just new. Like the experience of looking at art or trying a food for the first time.”
Now emerging from his “prodigy” stage, Sam started his career in music when he was five years old, pointing to a Fender Mini Strat on the wall of a local music store and declaring, “I want to do that!” He began playing piano and guitar at 5, wrote his first song at 7 and released his first single and video (“I Sure Hope Not”) at 10. Earning solid critical acclaim for his previous albums I Am and Frame of Mind, he’s been called “one of the most eclectic and innovative artists in the current scene right now.” Sam’s music has been described as “modern folktronica,” “touching, ornate chamber pop” and “smart indie rock,” earning comparisons to Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, LCD Soundsystem and Courtney Barnett. His uniquely eclectic music fuses electronic sensibilities, acoustic experimentation and a varied background in rock, jazz and alternative music to create an unconventional and engaging sound like no other.
While Sam’s last album I Am was about self-analysis, “specific things and real details pertaining to me as a person,” A General Air of Regret – featuring transcendent guitar, piano and electronic instrumentals amidst the nine vocal tracks – is about feelings, whether intense or ordinary. “I don’t only want to write about highs and lows, most of life happens somewhere in the middle.”
From the anger of the piano pounding “Psych Ward” to the loneliness of “The Only Thing”, from the sweet hopefulness of “I’ll See You Tomorrow” to the drama and empathy of “Robert’s Graveyard,” A General Air of Regret introduces us to a variety of characters and evokes a wide range of emotions. “One song might be instrumental, and the next might tell a whole story, but they are both just about feelings,” he says. “As for the album title, I don’t think of regret as a bad thing. Everything can’t always go as we want it to, so there’s always some kind of regret, even if it’s just a little. And maybe regret helps us next time to do the thing we didn’t do, or say the thing we wish we had said. I appreciate a general air of regret.”
From the time Sam did his first open mic at age seven, he’s performed on countless stages, from coffeehouses to community and art festivals and his London Open Mic Tour. In 2018, he played seven shows in nine days, from Philly to West Palm Beach and just completed a 2019 tour, eight shows from Vancouver to L.A., to promote A General Air of Regret.
Sam Levin Musician recently won the First Prize in the International Acoustic Music Awards in the AAA/ALTERNATIVE selection for his track “Shades of Pale” and looks at crating a serious name for himself in the Indie and Traditional Music Scenes.
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