Sam Carey, a talented 18-year-old singer/songwriter, recorded an excellent acoustic-driven project titled Mindset EP. The multi-instrumental artist from Bristol, UK played and recorded his own vocals, piano melodies, bass, violin and melodic guitar, and laid down an introspective look into his life.
This album starts out with the track “Living Free” and a cheerful, melodic pop-acoustic sound. The voice is interesting; it’s deep, raw and genuine. The smooth guitar melodies walk right along the lyrics and they’re all complemented with a nice guitar riff at the hook and a piano that tie it all together.
The next track “Under My Skin” has a faster, more folky sound. The guitar kicks in heavy and leads the rhythm throughout the whole song. The lyrics are more frustrated, not as feel-good as before, and complement the fast-paced guitar. This track goes deeper into the protagonist, it goes...under his skin.
Mindset EP transitions again into a much slower, melodic song on “Close to the Flame” and a good contrast to the last track. Throughout this track there is a unique sound, pop acoustic and similar to the first song, but with more contrasting melodies. It has backup vocals splashed throughout and violins that distort and make the sound more complex.
The album leads into the fourth track “Shadow that Shines” which introduces a powerful and vocals-driven sound. The vocals lead throughout this last track compared to the guitar in the other songs. The violin complements the lyrics adding an accent to powerful parts of the song. It’s a great composition that does a spot-on job in wrapping up the internal look into singer/songwriter Sam Carey and Mindset EP.
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