The lead track from Sam Eagle’s debut “Nothing In Particular” EP is not likely to pick up much in the way of radio play, at least in the daytime – some decidedly NSFW language in a repeated refrain is likely to challenge the censors. But “Catchy Tune About Eyes or Something’” is just that – a catchy tune, with an engaging off beat video to match.
Hailing from Colchester, Sam is is a 17 year old songwriter who aptly describes his songs as all very short, very simple, a little bubbly, with no meaning. Noe of the other songs on the EP – “Bodies”, “Dirt” and “Rainsticks” exceeds the two minute mark with the whole EP just closing in around six and a half minutes. Having eschewed the complications of band life the songs resonate with the freedom afforded by taking the solo path, written around a few chord one evening, recorded the next day, then up and out.
The accompanying video is similarly simple but shows that creativity doesn’t have to come with a huge budget. Filmed and edited by Jasper Fell Clark it features Sam on acoustic guitar singing against a backdrop of friends Ini accompanying on a kitchen pan (Why?: “because I like cooking”) and Caspar throwing handstands. It’s the perfect companion piece to an accomplished debut, showcasing a talent it is worth looking out for into 2017 and beyond.
Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc