The next Rex Orange County may just be a teenager out of Indianapolis, Indiana who is busy juggling a budding music career and high school. The artist in question is Sam.Sts. The moniker of 18-year-old Sam Latty, Sam.Sts has released only three singles to date but is already poised to become your next bedroom-produced obsession.
"Tokyo," the latest hypnotic track from Sam.Sts, illustrates exactly why the Indiana artist already stands at the top of his game only three singles in. Over some of the finest instrumentation we have heard all year, including a guitar riff that will hook you instantly, Sam.Sts speaks on young love in captivating fashion. "Tokyo" captures the all too relatable sentiment of instantly falling head-over-heels for someone and subsequently questioning if it's the real thing in such a refreshing way that it never fails to transport you to that time you were first daydreaming of budding love. Yet, the uncertainty that exists in Sam.Sts' shotgun love makes all the more sense when discovering what inspired the infectious single, with the rising artist sharing,
"Honestly, Tinder (yes the app) inspired this song. After having a few friends who had used Tinder and messing with it myself, I was inspired to write the line “Let's go to Tokyo and say that’s where we met…”, because most people think it’s weird to say they met or hooked up through it, so they feel this need to develop an elaborate cover-up story."
The themes of young love, worries about the world's perceptions, and desiring to get away from it all score what is under three minutes of spellbinding bedroom pop - inspired indie rock. It is a track made for a new generation of music lovers - those looking for a sound that flows in and out of influences and genres and who just may be looking for love online as well. Whatever you may be looking for, Sam.Sts and "Tokyo" will surely have your heart.
Listen to "Tokyo" below: