This is a good day for new music, because Brooklyn-based singer Sam Koechlin (aka Sam Himself) has finally released his debut album Power Ballads.
While he confirmed the project earlier this year, he's been teasing its release for months, dropping one standout track after another, including "Nothing Like the Night," which is definitely a favorite.
As we previously mentioned, much of the album is reflective of the uncertainty and trauma of the events of the last year—perhaps that's what makes it so poignant and relatable. Koechlin had been touring in Europe as the pandemic shut down so much of the globe, leaving the singer unable to return back to New York. Instead, he remained back home in Switzerland and wrote and recorded most of the tracks which would eventually form the album.
“My worst habits grew a lot stronger in the loneliness of the early pandemic," recalls Koechlin. "I felt pretty lost and uprooted, exiled without a witness to caution me against self-destructive behaviors that felt like coping mechanisms at the time."
He adds: "My own history caught up with me during my time back in Switzerland. That’s where I grew up, and living there again brought back a lot of memories; home doesn’t forget."
Hear the full album below.