Electro-pop artist Sam Bierman released an astonishing offering today. The song, titled “Numb to NYC”, is his first widespread release. Written by Bierman and Camille Thornton, the track highlights the struggle to feel belonging and connection while living in the modern age.
After living and songwriting in New York City for two years—only to move away at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—Bierman’s “Numb to NYC” sounds like the culmination of his life in the big city. “The songwriting became catharsis as I relived moments spent at the highest highs and the lowest lows,” he says. “The song took on a new meaning after I had to leave New York due to an un-renewed lease and a global pandemic, and I decided that it should be my first release.”
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Sonically, the track is a glamorous dance-pop tune. The carefully mixed electronic instrumentals and shimmering synth leads give the song a layer of danceability, just enough to fight off the anxieties of Bierman’s lyrics. “The song came out pretty quickly and I produced the track in several stages. I wanted the vibe and effect to be emotional but danceable,” he explains. “That’s kind of my favorite type of music—songs that make you cry on the dance floor!”
It’s a track that explores emotion while still remaining catchy and vibrant. With its pop-soaked theme’s isolation, “Numb to NYC” is the perfect summer jam in the age of social distancing.
Stream “Numb to NYC” below. Be sure to follow him for what’s next.
Derek is a writer, record collector, gardener, and all-around music lover. He lives in Iowa with his plants and his dog, Toby.