Independent singer, songwriter and producer Sam Nicolosi announces his new 5-song EP Origins is set for release today, Friday, April 7, and is available digitally on all major retail outlets. Marking his second EP, Origins takes listeners into the mindset of Nicolosi through his transition from leaving his hometown, Evanston, IL, and moving to Los Angeles, CA. Living in LA created a false sense of reality from which he had to learn how to return to his roots when feeling lost and complacent, all while dealing with a toxic relationship. Origins is Sam’s emergence from that dark and emotional space, reconnecting to his own energy and purpose.

Origins is my way of introducing myself to the world,” says Nicolosi. “It was originally a full-length effort, but an EP felt like the right move for the collection of songs that I chose. A lot of the original tracks had un-clearable samples, like episodes of the old “Twilight Zone” series and unrecognizably warped classic Disney clips. Maybe those other songs will see the light one day.”

“I wanted each song on the EP version to represent a different side of me, both sonically and lyrically. I have a lot of love for hip-hop and folk music, so I wanted those influences to be hinted at through the production. There are lots of weird warped-out guitars disguised as synths and homemade wooden hi-hat sounds. I tried to keep the process as fun and intuitive as possible. Ultimately, Origins is my jumping-off point and a celebration of where I was during its creation.”

In addition to two singles “Realign,” and “Caught Up,” the Origins EP features “Our Blood,” which tackles the struggle with dealing with an absolutely toxic family member, knowing it’s okay to distance yourself, and to surround yourself with people that elevate you. “Patience” is about being fed up with the waiting game of someone else’s praise, and taking matters into your own hands and paving your own way. It is followed by “Fiction,” a song about creating a false sense of reality around a relationship to uphold that relationship.

Sam Nicolosi started playing music in elementary school when he began playing the djembe, shortly thereafter taking up the piano and guitar. During those years, Sam had also developed a love for poetry. He began hearing melodies when he played music, and eventually those poems started becoming songs. Having grown up listening to a mixture of alt-pop and hip-hop, along with music from the 60’s and 70’s, Sam pulled from each of those genres as he began writing and creating. At the young age of 12, Sam’s parents bought him a Pro Tools rig and he began recording his songs; however, too shy to sing in public, he formed a duo, allowing a friend of his to sing the songs he had written.

A year later, Sam started gaining confidence in his voice and released his first solo acoustic EP. About his music, Sam stated, “I am mainly a guitarist (acoustic is my heart and soul). But, along with the guitar, I also play piano, hand drums, and so on. I pick up everything.” As his skill developed, Sam began releasing small projects, each one leaving him hungrier for more and more time in the studio; more and more time expressing himself creatively. Those days increased, leaving little time for much else. Eventually his music was put in the hands of songwriter Julie Frost (Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Black Eyed Peas, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor), who immediately sent it to her publisher, Jon Platt. After meeting Jon in Chicago to talk about music, Sam signed a deal with Warner Chappell Music, where he began writing and producing daily, truly honing his skills. It was during this time that his summer project, Origins, was created. The EP is a collection of songs, mainly written and produced by Sam alone, and will be released on Friday, April 7.

Track listing for Origins:

1. Caught Up

2. Realign

3. Our Blood

4. Patience

5. Fiction

Origins EP via Spotify: http://bit.ly/OriginsEP

iTunes: https://itun.es/us/XNK3ib

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