Long Beach, CA, March 31, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The musician known only as Sound of Life has released his debut EP record, “Rain.” The EP is comprised of five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 16 minutes. It has been released independently of assistance from major music record labels. A gentle, yet emotionally striking extended-play record, “Rain” is one of the most intriguing and startling examples of modern folk music to emerge in recent years, one which is certain to mark Sound of Life as the genre's youngest inspiration.
Sound of Life, from Sweden, cites only Bob Dylan and Bon Iver as artistic influences, yet his sound is absolutely his own. At only 19 years old, his sound is genuine and heartfelt, his songs remarkable in their simple complexities and seemingly casual deliveries. His lyrics are poetic without seeming overworked, almost as if the artist had merely put his thoughts directly into ink and set them to music.
His tones persist in mellow, optimistic chord progressions which contrast against lightly sorrowful and occasionally cynical themes. The chorus from the EP's closing track, “When You Die,” runs:
“What happens when you die? I guess that this is all a show. We're all waiting on death row.”
In the same characteristic fashion, Sound of Life bases his explanation of his “Rain” EP on hues of blue, but not without a streak of daylight amid the clouds.
“Sometimes you feel stuck in rain like you’re walking in quicksand,” he writes of his record. “But if you want to get it done, you can fly right to the sun.”
Speaking candidly of himself, Sound of Life proves incredibly introspective and more than somewhat introverted, as well, both of which his EP communicates.
“I write acoustic indie folk songs,” he writes. “They are about feeling down mostly. My biggest interests are music and politics. I’m walking around in quicksand right now, not moving myself forward. I really want to do something important in life. I don’t really play music anywhere, just at home. Right now I just want to get a girlfriend, play some shows and talk politics really. I guess getting your songs out there is a good first step.”
His final note is both humble and touching.
“I really don’t know what to write, I’m not sensational.”
Without a doubt, Sound of Life is soon to learn what it means to make a musical sensation.
The “Rain” EP by Sound of Life is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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