If Los Angeles singer/songwriter Ryan LeVine isn’t yet on your radar, he’s about to be. A spellbinding crooner and penner of gutting heartachers, LeVine’s debut EP Good Things To Remember was just released and offers a hard look into the wreckage of the last few years of the artist’s life. The road to those transcendent five songs started in 2018, when a series of personal and professional relationships fell apart, leaving LeVine stunned and broken. With no clear way forward he made the difficult but necessary choice to just sit with those uncertain feelings – the result of which makes up the thematic growths of Good Things To Remember.
Songs like “You Don’t Hold The Cards Anymore” and “Signs” place on full display the evolution of LeVine as an individual and artist, invoking his cutting songwriting and anthemic mix of folk and rock. The EP showcases not just the depth of LeVine’s introspection but also his lucid ability and willingness to be so transparent about some of the hardest moments in his life thus far. It’s that voracious honesty that lends the guitar-tumbling and sonorous folk pieces on Good Things To Remember such a piercing shine.
LeVine himself is hardly a newcomer, as the singer/songwriter had previously spent seven years and two major label deals as the frontman for Wildling. But without a doubt, LeVine is now far ahead of that portion of his career as a musician and with the release of Good Things To Remember his reintroduction is underway.
To celebrate the EP’s release LeVine gave fans a live debut of his songs at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles this past December, and while that might’ve been his only date for the year, keep an eye out for 2022 dates! LeVine’s powerful howlers about heartbreak and what comes after were most suitably made to be heard in one of L.A.’s many intimate venues, so be sure to catch him when he heads back out on the road.
“Good Things to Remember is the most important music I’ve released to date,” Levine said of the album. “It feels like both a culmination and a reclamation of the last decade. A decade spent searching, reaching for something I couldn’t quite get my hands around, a sound, a lyric, a voice…I won’t say that I’ve found it, because I think I’ll always be looking, but today I recognize myself in these songs more intimately than ever before.”