It is not hard to like artist Brandon Shah – and it is also not hard to like his latest EP, “Young Love”, appropriately named, I feel, for its energizing youthfulness.
“A short bio would be nice, who you are, stuff about you that you’d like readers to know…Thanks! And if you could get back to me soon, that would be great. Thanks man.”
“Of course! I’m making bacon right now! That’s why I’m not replying immediately hahaha. Feel free to put that in lol. I caught up with Brandon while he was making bacon in his Allston apartment.”
This enjoyable collection of soulful, earnest songs with their tasteful production and arrangements are multi-faceted in the way they represent this singer, with each piece bringing something new to the table. The EP bursts to life with the opening number “Work of Art”, which stays true to Brandon’s folky side, and then dips into a more down-tempo balladic mood, carried wonderfully by his consistently emotion-laden voice. The feel-good third track “Teleporter Boy” reveals Brandon’s humorous, boyishly charming side from the get-go, and had me smiling instantly. What remains constant throughout the EP though, are the silky smooth vocals of Brandon, who even at his young age, has managed to attain a maturity in his singing that is well beyond his years.
To Brandon, the EP “encompasses all of those raw, naive emotions associated with learning to love for the first time”, and trace his heart-rending personal journey of entering, exiting, and re-entering a relationship.
There are five songs in total on “Young Love”, and Brandon has been releasing a song each day for the past five days through his website, BrandonShah.com, exclusively. Each song streams free for 24 hours before it is replaced by the next one.
Each song also has unique artwork attached to it. Made by six different artists with very different styles, the work spans mediums from water colour, to oil paint, to photographs, to pen on canvas. These beautiful expressive visuals do a fantastic job of complementing the music.
1st Song off the EP “Work of Art”
2nd Song off the EP “Better Man”
3rd Song off the EP “Teleporter Boy”
4th Song off the EP “Feeling Alone”
5th Song off the EP “Slow It Down”
“Collaboration with artists is important to me. I had a vision for each song; I knew exactly what I wanted from production to artwork. It was a matter of translating my aural and visual ideas into tangible creations,” Brandon says.
This EP has been a long time coming for Brandon Shah and his fans. The nineteen-year-old, who gained recognition from The X-Factor USA in 2012, had only released one original song prior to this, and was surprised and moved to find many of his fans continuing to keep up with him.
“They’ve supported me through a lot of setbacks, fiscal and what have you. They’ve designed promo cards and handed them out on the streets to tell people about me. They’ve talked to record label execs in coffee shops about me when they found out who they were. They’ve relentlessly bought my merch when I needed to fund projects. Most importantly, they’ve believed in me and my voice more than anyone normally should…I can’t express how grateful I am to have them.”
He views “Young Love” as just a starting point for him. The songs were all penned roughly two years ago, and he naturally has matured a lot since then.
“My writing has grown a lot since that summer before coming to Berklee… I’m actually really excited about this EP because I think there’s much more to be desired and the past couple years of writing fulfill that desire and then some.”
I am definitely also excited for more to come from Brandon Shah.