After the release of two singles at the beginning of this year, Levy has released her full debut EP ‘Small Scale Revolutions’, featuring the previously released songs and pleasant emitting a unique ambience that was achieved by uniting all the different influences found in each song and behind each person working on them alongside Levy.
Levy is a German singer-songwriter who made the decision to travel and relocate to London in order to continue her studies of Popular Music Performance at BIMM London in 2015. When considering the solid foundations she had built on classical education and experience in musical theatre, and adding on top what she’s learned through her studies in London and the friends she’s made along the way, Levy has begun to find her own sound and is slowly but confidently showing it to the whole world through her music; her expertise and passion can be found in her delicate vocals, the way she plays the keys and the emotion behind all the lyrics she’s written.
Her debut work, Small Scale Revolutions, is distinguishable by its self-aware lyrics (now a confirmed trademark from Levy), distinctive guitar lines and several layers of vocal harmonies, each more gratifying than the previous one.
The record contains five tracks, two of them being previous releases that showed the artist’s versatility and preference for intricate songwriting. With the first being the rebellious and jazz-pop ‘Seeing Red’, and the second one being the sultry-romantic slow indie-ballad titled ‘Melody’, which Less Than 1,000 Followers had the pleasure of reviewing upon release.
Within the three previously unheard songs, there are different musical inspirations and themes being handled. The second track, ‘Restless’, uses jazz (like Melody) and neo-soul (similarly to Seeing Red) repertoire as it discusses opening up to someone about your thoughts and feelings, and the small fears and uneasiness that might come with being defenseless in front of someone you care about. The song is an enjoyable and easy to relate story that details the way the one you love can make you feel simply by being around you.
‘Wildfire’, the second to last track, is reminiscent of a resolutive point in a person’s life. If it were fiction, this could be considered the stage at which the character lets go of the conflict that’s been plaguing them since the beginning of their journey, and it shows the comfort they’ve gained by growing and transforming into a different version of themselves.
Lastly, ‘Small Scale Revolutions’, a song that shares the same name as the EP, is Levy’s own victory song that celebrates each and every small success. An ode to progress and improvement, this song was inspired by the songwriter’s own struggle with disordered eating. Whether the listener is on the same boat Levy used to be on or dealing with a different addiction or struggle, Small Scale Revolutions is there to reassure you for every step you take in the right direction, regardless of how small it might be or how long it took you to move your feet ahead.
Regarding the emotional variation found in the record, Levy explains how the tracks were made in different moments of her life. The artist elaborates: “Each of these songs were written in a different time of my life, so this record feels like an accumulation of experiences from the past years that have made me into the person I am right now. It has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to share these pages of my diary with the world.“
Levy has also credited the people who helped her along the way and behind the scenes, stating that the difference between her and the other performers allowed for a more unique sound. All of her bandmates featured in the instrumentals are friends she’s met in university, giving a real time example of the benefits she’s found in the city. Besides her bandmates, who Levy credited individually on her own Facebook page, one must also credit the songwriter herself, for the lyrics are the first step in her process to create songs and they help shape the end result the most.
As an EP, Small Scale Revolutions is a pristine introduction to an artist and one of the best, most introspective debut projects I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. Representing different sides of the same person, the record gives a solid idea of the person behind the music you’re being drawn by. Every song has a drop of vulnerability and one of strength and hardworking effort, making every second and word sung feel more human. The end result is a tightly-bound connection between the artist and the listener, which is a goal most artists spend their entire careers seeking to accomplish. For Levy to start achieving this with her first five songs, it says enough about her talent and it opens up endless possibilities for her future.
If you enjoyed Levy’s music and would like to stay updated, be sure to check out her official website. For social media you can follow her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. To listen to her music, you can head over to her Spotify profile, Soundcloud, and Youtube channel.
You can also support the artist by streaming and sharing her music, which can be found in the following Playlists: Female Rising Stars, 12 New Songs This Week , Chill – Folk – Acoustic, and Indie Only.
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