I got into a new music artist, and I want to tell you about him. Can I tell you about him? It doesn’t matter, you’re on my blog so you’re going to read about him anyway.
So sometime around Monday, my Dev and I were sending videos to each other, one of which happened to be a snippet of some random guy with this lovely voice singing in front of a piano. So of course, I got curious and Dev told me to go look up this Sam Smith guy singing the acoustic version of his song, “Lay Me Down”. I was hooked thirteen seconds in. I fell asleep singing his praises to my Facebook timeline.
Sam Smith is this British kid, born in ’92 if you can believe it, with a voice that sounds like Josh Groban and Sylvester James learned that fusion technique from Dragon Ball Z. I don’t know what it is with British kids and R&B, but Sam Smith is what Blue-Eyed Soul is supposed to sound like.
This guy, Sam Smith, hits his high notes like John P. Kee and Aaron Neville; that is to say, he makes his falsettos flare out and wave like a french horn. There are so many male singers out here right now with weak falsettos, damaging their natural tenors and smooth bass voices just to fit in. It’s so refreshing to hear someone who balances his natural pitch with a falsetto that doesn’t break because the note’s too high.
If you’ve heard this name before, it may be because he was featured on Disclosure’s “Latch” a couple of years back. I know Sam will forever be cemented that Indie trap of genre, blue-eyed soul, or worse, Electronica, simply because his current track list includes a lot of Dance, alternative pop, and one or two Neo Soul tracks. Still he has an R&B voice, so I think Sam should pioneer a Dubstep R&B subgenre. It’s definitely worth a shot.
In any case, it’s getting late and I’ve work in the morning. Please check out Sam Smith’s Nirvana EP. I’m telling you it is definitely worth a listen. I have many good feelings about his forthcoming studio album, In the Lonely Hour.
Fun Fact: Sam’s Wikipedia says he’s Lily Allen’s cousin, but hers does not. I’m not surprised though. I don’t think that there’s anyone in this world who would admit that their baby cousin is loads more talented that they are. I’m just saying . . .