If youâ€™ve never heard of Sam Levin and you listened to his newest album, â€œFrame of Mind,â€ you may think he is 30. That is because at 15, Levin has the talent and intuitiveness of an experienced musician. Not only are his songwriting skills on point; Levin also plays the majority of the instruments on his self-released album, and produced it to perfection. At a time where legitimately good music is hard to come by, Levin shows us that it still exists.
The first track on the album is â€œEverythingâ€™s Okay,â€ which has a catchy instrumental build up until the vocals begin about a minute in. The song features an interesting experimentation with sound, and Levinâ€™s vocals are smooth. The lyrics are surprisingly meaningful as well. The hook has lyrics like, â€œWhen Iâ€™m with you/I still miss you/I must tell you/that everythingâ€™s okay.â€
The second track â€œSetup,â€ features female vocals and expertly played acoustic guitar. The song is about an untrustworthy girl and again has witty lyrics like, â€œShe told me lies as light as feathers/ She said we could be young and infamous.â€ The hook is catchy and will have you singing along to it. This song is probably the best track on the album.
â€œShades of Paleâ€ again portrays Levinâ€™s old soul with the songâ€™s lyrics and he speeds it up with â€œRideâ€ a fun, optimistic, and more hectic tune which features both acoustic and electric guitar, and ends with backup vocals and the sound of clapping, which makes you picture a family singing together, and all you want to do is join in.
Another song that stand out is â€œI Sure Hope Not (Again),â€ where Levin thinks about the future and hopes he will always stay true to himself. The song is self-reflective with lyrics like, â€œWhen Iâ€™m older will I be/ Just like the person that I want to be?/ Will there peace?/Will I be fair?/Will I always be myself?/I sure hope so.â€
â€œTelescopeâ€ is a sweet duet with lyrics like, â€œI donâ€™t have much anything to do/ but all in all at least I got you.â€ â€œMetronomeâ€ is about how you canâ€™t stop time, and the hook includes the lyrics, â€œThe BPMâ€™s too fast for me/ You canâ€™t slow down a catastrophe.â€
While you listen to this album, you completely forget that a teenager wrote, produced, and sings this album. Itâ€™s incredibly insightful and each song is unique while the album still manages to be coherent. If Levin is only 15, thereâ€™s no telling what he can do at 25. If you like Indie-rock, or even if you donâ€™t, this album is worth a listen.