Sam Paul is a lo-fi indie pop artist from Aurora, Colorado who recently released Seeing Someone. Paul writes beautifully crafted songs that penetrate your heart. Some of the reasons for this is that I could picture Paul behind a Casiotone keyboard trying to connect his songs about heartbreak with your own. The songs are intimate but also sweet and tender which ultimately creates a sense of solace. Paul isn’t the first to do this so I can pretty much guarantee if you like artists like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Majical Cloudz you will also like this.
The EP starts pretty upbeat with “Couples Therapy” but there is still an undercurrent of melancholy both in the lyrics and his inflection. This dichotomy is one reason why this song is simply a delight to listen to. The lyrics are earthly and stick to imagery which feels like everyday manifestations of thoughts most people can relate to . Paul sings, “If I had a real fast car, I would drive it really far, but I've just got this clunky SUV. And if I had a boat of cash, I would fix my face and back by buying acne medicine and getting some back therapy.”
“Seeing Someone” is another great song. He puts a little auto effect on his voice which works well. The chorus is just so warm and catchy. Paul sings, “She's seeing somebody new. She used to see every cigarette those careless drivers threw.”
“Words” utilizes simple, honest lyrics that feel like thoughts that bounce inside your head instead of timeless quotes. That fact seems to make the song relatable on a human level.
Last up is “What do you think?” which is arguably the most intimate of the songs. Something about the production and reverb make the vocals feel close to you. This song builds from minimal elements and grows into something beautiful.
This is a fantastic four-song EP. Paul has an ear for aesthetics, the songwriting is top notch and the words are free of pretense. Highly recommended.
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