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Music review: ‘Long Before You’
by Mystic Levello
Artist Mystic Levello continues his admirable artistic experimentation
with the dazzling new single, ‘Long Before You’. Merging uplifting
folk chords with a stylish rhythm and dreamy vocals, there is a true
sense of unification between the elements. Levello is a skilled
musician, not just in his unique voice, but in his ability to bring
layers of inspiration and genre to a single, streamlined sound. This
makes ‘Long Before You’ an ethereal wave of an experience to listen
Intimacy is a feeling that is
forefronted in ‘Long Before You’. Mystic Levello sings with a
conversational tone, full of control and careful enunciation, as he
reflects on the sheer preciousness of our Earth. In a time where to
pause and reflect is deemed unproductive, Mystic Levello gives us
that well-needed moment to stop and look around at what nature has
given us - and what we are losing due to our actions.
The lyricism is poignant and
anecdotal, full of historical and natural imagery: “Long before you
long before Adam met Eve / she was around, planting the world with
her seeds / she gave us the land, the beaches, the sandy seas /
giving us life, a place in the sun to breathe.” From Mystic
Levello’s view on the world, it is a work of art. It is the result
of craft and thought, from another person whose gardening has given
us the ultimate blossom. Although it captures a time long before us,
we feel personally connected through our humanity and shared
admiration for what the world provides.
The balance between religious
retellings and mystical actions produces a beautiful vision of
nature being more than us. ‘Long Before You’, simply, is a spiritual
experience as much as a song to sing along to.
However, aside from the undeniable
beauty that Levello’s lyricism has conjured up, there is a larger
purpose to ‘Long Before You’. The song is a warning of loss which
reaches its climax with the melancholy shift in the chorus. As we
are addressed with collective responsibility, an undercurrent of
low-tone synths occupy the instrumentation. The light-hearted strum
of the guitar mutes to meandering notes as Mystic Levello sings:
“She knows that we’re in danger / lost / out of touch / she only
talks to angels / she only looks with love.” Levello has a
well-balanced skill in his lyricism, crafting serious subject matter
with a small spark of hope. Whilst we are evidently in trouble,
Levello’s imagery of Eve is still a figure of benevolence and
reassurance. It is the perfect way to both highlight the extent to
which our world needs us to help, and that we can do so.
Mystic Levello further introduces
spoken-word elements, which is extremely effective in helping the
direct mode of address the song aims to achieve. Such aspects such
as spoken-word, predominantly acoustic instruments and percussions,
define ‘Long Before You’ as a quintessential New Age song. The
arrangement of the track encourages space for the listener to think
and reflect, whilst establishing a trance-like rhythm to focus
On the other hand, the sheer
unfiltered honesty of Mystic Levello’s brilliant lyrics means that
‘Long Before You’ dabbles in the prospect of being a protest song.
With the current age of climate emergency and rapid environmental
deterioration, there is an undeniable sense of urgency to be
proactive in the here and now - something which Levello perfect
portrays in this track. While we may enjoy the aesthetic and genre
elements of the song (in all their polished production), ‘Long
Before You’ cuts deeper than most current releases. Mystic Levello
demonstrates his distinctive artistry is as much an environmental
cause as it is an art form, and does so with a determination audible
Review from Faye Williamson - February 2021
Mystic Levello drags you to an unknown realm of the
with his latest single ‘Confused’
The name of artist, Mystic Levello, may be
primarily under the radar due to his experimental, atmospheric, and
spiritual compositions, but there is certainly more to the artist
than what meets the eye. The singer endorses a vocal melody that
begs for attention and the whole affair is heartwarmingly beautiful.
The voice grabs attention and loops it with its melodicity that
punches right in the gut. The transition from airy, sweet, and
melodic voice to something hypnotic is smooth, and the singer
effectively provides the right balance with his charming lyricism.
Recently the singer has allowed his creativity
to shine out with the music video ‘Confused’ that sounds like a
recharge for the soul. Unsurprisingly, the singer has injected every
kind of dreamy musical element to highlight his enigmatic vocal
quality, and the outcome is highly impressive. The singer’s husky
yet powerful vocal quality interludes softly with the striking
instrumental sound and build up the aesthetics carefully. The
melancholic synths, sparse electronic instrumentals, and subtle
strings composed of pure magnitude pull in the listener’s attention.
His ambition to offer a good and refreshing time to the audience is
genuine and the singer stands out tall with his creative light.
Mystic Levello is a profoundly talented artist
who believes in communicating thoughtful and deep messages often
spiritual in nature with universal themes and the latest single
‘Confused’ only works as a catalyst to fuel his genuine intentions.
The lyrics penetrate the listener’s heart with impact and deserve to
be heard more than just once to soak in the entire essence. The
singer possesses the ability to balance the thread of harmonious
singing and expressing explicitly in his compositions that is indeed
a commendable and rare trait to encounter in today’s time.
Review from Jennifer Stone / DMR - April 2021
"Be With You" Review
Mystic Levello is a somewhat mysterious new presence in the music
world. There's not much known of this artist at this time. except
that his debut track was in 2020... “This Old Guitar,” seemingly, a
beautiful ode to the role music has played in the artist’s life.
Since then, this unique artist has taken to the new year with a
string of new releases.
In just a month he has dropped
four new songs; “God’s Everywhere (If God’s Anywhere)”, “Going
Through (Same Old Brand New Episode),” “Here Comes the Real You
(Radio Edit),” “Long Before You (Look with Love)” and the single “Be
With You.” In each case he examines a different aspect of the human
condition with a thoughtful and meditative vibe set to mellow Adult
Contemporary Pop music.
“Be With You” opens on a ethereal
mix of ambient and percussive synths. As the song’s mellow but
driving rhythm slowly builds, the singer delivers a personal and
heartfelt love letter to the object of his affection. Vocally,
Mystic Levello alternates between a spoken word delivery and a
softly sung tenor. The sweeping musical arrangement, romantic lyrics
and the singer’s intimate vocal style brings to mind the cinematic
and emotional music of artists like Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson or
some of the more melodic work of Leonard Cohen. You can follow the
links here, to connect with Mystic Levello and get in the loop on
all of the current and future projects from this talented
Review from Static Dive - February 2021
"God’s Everywhere (if God’s
Mystic Levello delivers an emotionally and spiritually elating song
named ‘God’s Everywhere (if God’s Anywhere)’.... This very talented
artist whose spiritual inspiration in the latest music video ‘God’s
Everywhere (if God’s Anywhere)’ can only be described as perfect.
Spiritually armed and aiming for the heart, few songs take over our
hearts and soul from the very first melody. Set out on a journey to
engulf the audience with his hypnotic harmonies and soothing
sensational melodies, Mystic Levello has so much to offer to the
audience. The recently released comforting; melodic spiritual song
titled ‘God’s Everywhere (if God’s Anywhere)’ instantly draws your
attention with the refreshing mix of classical sounds. The
soundscape brilliantly fuses traditional sounds with a contemporary
flair that creates a warm feeling. The singer’s evocative voice
takes listeners through a worship experience with a classic gospel
touch. Destined to embrace each listener, the song pulls off the
expertise of the singer on the mic as he gives expression to the
music throughout. The song is an exhilarating serenade regarding the
honest devotion towards God. ‘God’s Everywhere (if God’s Anywhere)’
lets the listener dive into his/her imagination and allows them to
completely embrace the infectious melodies. With an undying faith in
his heart, Mystic Levello has knitted together the novel song with
soul-stirring harmonies and atypical lyrics that are sure to heal
The artist is a master in communicating meaningful songs, often
spiritual with universal themes that resonate with the audience on a
deeper and genuine level. The harmony of the project is unbelievable
and takes a grateful approach to thank God with grace and mercy.
Review from Daily Music Roll - January 2021
"Yesterday When I Was Young"
Enigmatic musical philosopher, Mystic Levello
takes his turn at Roy Clark's melancholy Pop classic...
Mystic Levello’s Thoughtful New Take On A Classic... We first heard
from Mystic Levello last month. That is when the enigmatic artist
introduced us to his uniquely philosophical sound. With songs like
“God’s Everywhere” and “Be With You” he creates a soundscape in
which he and the listener can pause for a moment and reflect.
To date, most of Mystic Levello’s songs have been his own original
compositions. However, for his latest track the artist is dipping
into the classics for inspiration. “Yesterday When I Was Young,” is
the new single from Mystic Levello, released worldwide to all major
streaming services this past month.
The song, made famous in 1969 as a crossover Pop hit by Country
legend Roy Clark, was written by the English/French songwriting team
of Herbert Kretzmer and Charles Aznavour. Lyrically, the tune is a
melancholy meditation on wasted youth and the unforgiving passage of
time. Clark’s version matched the mood musically with acoustic
Mystic Levello’s version of “Yesterday When I Was Young” remains
true in spirit to the original but takes the production in a new
direction. The singer delivers a reverent and appropriately
thoughtful take on the somber and introspective tune. However,
musically he has changed things up a bit. He has replaced the
acoustic guitar and strings of the original with his signature
electric piano and synths. The sound creates a mellow space in which
the lyrics can breathe and we as listeners can take the time to
reflect upon them.
Review from Static Dive - March 2021
"Long Before You" Review
Recording artist Mystic Levello is a rare
talent - the kind who is always ready and willing to actually try
new things, taking his music to the next level and defying all
expectations, while still maintaining an incredibly catchy and
creative tone. He has developed a heartfelt sound, at times
reminiscent of some of the most timeless new age music, at times
reminiscent of fusion and folk.
His most recent release is a perfect example of the artist’s quest for
ongoing creativity and his thirst for expanding his musical horizon.
The song is titled “Long Before You (Look With Love).” The song has
a beautiful and playful acoustic guitar pattern, which perfectly
matches the artist’s understated and imitate vocal style. In
addition to that, I really love the percussion backdrop, featuring
some African-style bongo tones in 16th notes, keeping up a nice pace
and adding an Afro-beat twist to the rest of the drum kit,
consisting of a basic kick, a smooth hi-hat sound and a snare often
performed with a softer sound. The choruses change slightly, with
the ride cymbal replacing the hi-hat in order to give the tune a
more open vibe to it. The vocal sound has a very poetic and almost
conversational feel to it, because Mystic Levello is an amazing
storyteller, he his able to evoke strong feelings with his sound and
he loves to create beautiful lyrics that are so iconic. This is a
dreamy and romantic song, which makes me think of artists as diverse
as Don McLean, Jack Johnson, as well as Bob Dylan, Dead Rituals, and
Cat Stevens, only to mention but a few. The first thing that will
immediately jump at you is the soothing and emotionally evocative
soundscape delivered by this very gifted artist.
Mystic Levello is amazing at building ambiance with his songs,
layering multiple sounds, without ever “muddying up” the tone of his
releases. This is definitely the case with “Long Before You (Look
With Love), which appears so incredibly dynamic and balanced.
Review from Band Camp Diaries February 2021
Mystic Levello Finds An Answer On His New
Mystic Levello first appeared on The Static
Dive just two months ago with the release of his single “Be With
You.” With that track we were introduced to a new and enigmatic
presence in the Pop music world. The prolific writer and performer
has already dropped six more singles in 2021. Each song further
defines his mellow and philosophical vibe and classic Adult
Through musical meditations on God, personal
growth and existential philosophy Mystic Levello’s songs explore
love in both the personal and universal sense. From the pantheism of
“God’s Everywhere (If God’s Anywhere)” to the liberating romantic
love of “Be With You,” the singer contemplates what it means to be
alive. Each of these poetic ponderings is set to lush, 70’s Pop
inspired ambient arrangements.
“Confused” is the latest single from Mystic
Levello. In many ways this new release combines the artist’s
previous observations into a single unified theory. Once again, he
views the span of a lifetime and its meaning. However, rather than
question that purpose, on “Confused” he seems to have figured it
out. Despite the confusion of human existence, we are really all
working toward a single destination.
As Mystic Levello sings, “Who are they fooling?
Diluting our lives with lies, leading to you,” we are left only to
wonder, who is “you?” Maybe it is God, maybe it is a personal love
interest or maybe it is ‘Love’ itself that we are seeking. Maybe
there is no meaningful differentiation between them at all.
Ultimately the message is that our purpose is obvious if we can see
past our innate confusion. The song is set to the artist’s signature
sound of ambient synths and a chill electric piano playing a
classic, melodic Pop composition.
Review from B. Smith, Static Dive - April 2021
"Yesterday When I Was Young"
A brand new studio single with a passionate sound and a
one-of-a-kind creative approach, which sets the bar higher in terms
of creativity and storytelling. Mystic Levello is an artist and
songwriter who loves to combine lush soundscapes with personal
lyrics. His most recent single is a cover of Yesterday When I Was
Young, as made famous by Charles Aznavour. The artist managed to add
a personal touch to this tune, by implementing some mesmerizing
melodic and ambient textures in his dream-like arrangement. This
cover is very contemplative and personal, and it’s a true joy to
The song is filled with atmospheric tones, and it sounds very
cinematic. However, it also has a personal edge that really connects
with the audience, especially due to the existential nature of the
lyrics, which reflect on life, looking back of what we got, what
we’ve lost, and what’s there left for us. Anybody could relate to
the feeling of growing older and looking back on the old days, and
this song has an immersive texture that enhances the nostalgia of
The sound of this production is very wide ranging, and it offers an
in-depth, tone with massive lows and silky smooth high-end,
particularly due to the beautiful synthesizer parts. The pads are
very big, and it makes me think of some of the best New Age music
over the years.
The song is one of the most personal and intimate moments in Mystic
Levello’s career, and it’s a spontaneous snapshot of his ability to
be very honest and upfront about his musical work. In terms of
production, the sound of Yesterday When I Was Young feels quite
polished, but also warm and clear. The mixing bringing the gaps
between modern-day recordings and old school production values, and
combining the best of both worlds in a very seamless and direct way.
Review from BCD March 2021
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