WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM SAM SCHERDEL – BOY WHO FELL TO EARTH
A day prior to the song’s release, Sam Scherdel posted to social media a picture of his son, the subject of `Boy Who Fell to Earth’. With this, he endearingly captioned the photograph – `Be young, be foolish and be happy’.
It’s a noteworthy caption, of the sort seldom appreciated for what it is – an axiomatic maxim for the way life is to be led. What proceeded was Scherdel’s latest release, a sentimental piano ballad expressing a new father’s internal monologue.
To reassure those offended by out-and-out saccharine, Scherdel refrains from lurid instrumental passages, instead centering his resolute vocals and piano within a subtle surrounding bed of heavenly strings – otherworldly in their accompaniment to lyrics about the ‘boy who fell to Earth’.
Scherdel writes with not only lyrical but musical nostalgia, stylistically reiterating classic rock tropes of the ‘70s. His live shows have been known to feature Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac covers, artists from which he borrows respectfully and whose ideas he embellishes with similar thoughtfulness.
His vocals land somewhere between the growl of Tom Waits and the falsetto of James Blake – the result is unique, emotive but likely divisive. Still, his control is graceful in documenting his adoration for his son, delivering cutely composed and sweetly performed piano balladry woven from nostalgic music thread.