Sam Fischer – “Lean” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sydney-raised, LA-based pop singer-songwriter Sam Fischer is ready to make some noise all his own after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, singing background for HOLYCHILD, and writing for Rihanna. While he readies new material for his debut EP this summer, he’s found time to drop off the introductory one-off, “Lean.”

Fischer melds the R&B leanings of his smooth, tender vocals with pop craftsmanship for catchy, sultry grooves. “Lean” is the perfect initiation to his sound. He coos in the first two lines “You look better than me, in my shirt/ The way it falls to your knees, like as skirt,” and it’s clear you’re in for a subtly sexy romp with gentle but vivid storytelling. Then slick syncopated drums, mellow synth bass, and ringing electric guitar join his insanely catchy falsetto on the simple, resonant hook, “Lean into me.” The neo-soul feel and delicate sensuality is the audible equivalent of dimming the lights to set the mood. This is one for the baby-making playlist. And if you don’t have one, then start it with “Lean.” Listen.

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