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2021 MUSIC REVIEWS
MYSTIC LEVELLO
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"Long Before You" Review

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 to.

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 with. 

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 to all.
Review from Faye Williamson
February 2021


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"It's Not That God (I'm Singing About)" Review

Mystic Levello has just released his latest track “It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)”, a deeply moving, introspective song that explores the ideas of faith and God in a beautifully produced musical vessel. Based in Santa Monica, California, Mystic Levello blends spiritual ideas with tranquil instrumentation to create an encompassing song that will leave you feeling connected to everything.

The song begins with a peaceful, haunting string melody that creates the tone for the otherworldly tune. Light percussion drives the song with confident bass lines and guitar strums that fade into the enveloping orchestration like waves on a beach. Just as you relax into the calm scene that has been set, the lead singer’s voice enters with a whisper-like tone and a textured, relaxed vocal fry as he sings “God’s everywhere, if God’s anywhere”. As he sings the drawn-out phrase, rhythmic harmonies appear underneath giving a preview of what’s to come with an intriguing and mysterious undertow.

As the song continues, the meaning of the lyrics come to light as they state, “It’s not that God I’m singing about, it’s the one that lives inside of you”. Delivered with a conversational, wholehearted tone, the lyrics continue “a travelling song within your heart that sings the way and tells you what is true.” These beautiful lyrics resonate deeply like receiving wisdom from a dearly trusted friend and, when combined with the serene orchestration, lull you into a meditative state as you feel them echo through your entire being. The lyrics continue to speak on finding your truth, if you choose to find it.

There is an unmistakable feeling of calm and positivity that this song exudes with each thoughtful lyric and each orchestral swell. The narrative continues to unfold acknowledging the feeling of not knowing if you are following the right path or doing the right thing, but continuing to “keep the faith and shine the light”, speaking of confidently going with your heart and spreading love to others. The lyrics continue to describe that, even through doubt, you can find peace and stillness with those you love and have trust that what you feel is right, is right. The addition of pedal steel late in the song adds an additional flair to the instrumentation while also introducing a grounding presence to the otherwise light and airy accompaniment. The song fades in a fitting, ethereal fashion as swirling harmonies repeat the poignant messages as they drift away.

With brilliantly supportive instrumentation and straight forward, optimistic lyrics that resonate in your very soul, “It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About” is the kind of song that will stick with you long after the last note fades. Mystic Levello captures a deeply moving feeling of peace and understanding in this song while acknowledging the feelings of the doubt we all face with a poignant and gentle reminder to keep the faith.
Review from Katrina Charles
April 2021

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"Confused" Review

Mystic Levello drags you to an unknown realm of the melodic vastness 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

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"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 singer/songwriter.
Review from Static Dive
February 2021

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"It's Not That God (I'm Singing About)" Review

Comfortably reminding the power of God, singer Mystic Levello gives out a dreamy spiritual performance in his new song and music video ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’

Spinning magic all over the genre of pop and gospel with his mystical voice and other addictive melodic qualities, a singer who is driven with the sole purpose to install faith and positivity in the lives of people is Mystic Levello. The charismatic singer weaves the strains of pop, gospel, and R&B in the most captivating manner, letting the listener dig deep into his creative mind. The artist is known to craft mesmerizing and soulful music that intertwines various diverse melodies aimed to soothe the hearts of the listeners. He is a powerhouse of skill that is most rarely possessed by artists of his range. Having already carved a solid path towards a fulfilling future, the singer has most recently dropped his new music video titled ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ that is sure to enthrall the listeners with his compelling, evocative verses. The singer’s soul-stirring vocal melody sounds fresh and directly hits the listener’s senses. Dominated by simple yet striking harmonic rhythms in the background, the resonant vocals of the singer churn out the message intended to be shared. The poetic words invite the audience and ask them to place their faith in the spirituality of something deeper and greater than themselves.

Accompanied by an engaging video that has been thoughtfully put together by Mystic Levello, the musical composition highlights the presence of God and empowers everyone to place their faith in him. Focusing on the themes of love, life, and much more, the song ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ honestly describes the power of God and with comforting music, the singer cements the overall mood. The kind of proficiency the artist has displayed in his previous releases caters largely to his present-day success. It’s a beautiful melody that deserves multiple listens to deeply embrace the true message.
Review from Daily Music Roll
April 2021

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"Yesterday When I Was Young" Review

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 guitar/orchestral arrangement.

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

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"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

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It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ by Mystic Levello is a beautiful musical saga directed towards our interpretation of God

Mystic Levello brings all the emotions together in his latest single ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ offering a refreshing experience with its enriching sound.

There is nothing that soothes an ailing heart more perfectly, than singer Mystic Levello’s compelling spiritual creations. The singer is profoundly talented and amalgamates his compositions with the best of heart-stirring melodies that evoke genuine emotions in the listeners. When it comes to spiritual music, there is no one in recent times to beat the artist in terms of emotional songwriting that move the audience both spiritually and emotionally. With a similar intention, the singer has recently released his new music video titled ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ that seems to be another valuable addition to his well-spread palette. The track compels one to listen to it on repeat and deeply embrace every poetic verse and every single instrument that comforts the soul. The message is clear and states that one must always put their full faith in something deeper and greater than themselves, to help heal our wounds.

Using provocative words to stir emotions and using a music video to highlight the beautiful message, the singer has given the song a fresh identity that is sure to linger in the mind for a very long time. Needless to say that Mystic Levello enhances the appeal of the song with his captivating, melodious vocal performance that leaves the audience spellbound and in awe of his musicality. ‘It’s Not That God (I’m Singing About)’ is certainly a song that calms a racing heart and reinstalls the faith in life with its deep message and rich melodies.
Review from DMR
April 2021

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Mystic Levello Finds An Answer
On His New Single “Confused”

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 Contemporary style. 

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

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"God’s Everywhere (if God’s Anywhere)" Review

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 all wounds.

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 Blog
January 2021

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 "Yesterday When I Was Young" Review

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 listen 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 lyrics.

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 Magazine
March 2021

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