Sarah Farnam has released her first EP of original material, recorded and produced by Chuck Alkazian, including musical performances by Brian Lord (Fifty Amp Fuse). It is a collection of songs about relationships, friendships and life in general. Her music is obviously influenced by Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Sara Bareilles, but with subtle differences. Fans of those artists will enjoy Farnam's style of music.
While all of the songs are creative and well produced, tracks 4 (Lighthouse) and 3 (Be Alright) are by far the strongest. I would recommend that the track order be shuffled to highlight these two songs.
Lighthouse, with its simple piano accompaniment, is so different from all the other songs, and reminds me of a young Sara Bareilles. It highlights Farnam's style and sets her apart from all the other young performers that want to emulate Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. It sticks in the listener's head and is a perfect ballad for placement and radio airplay.
Likewise, Be Alright, although definitely written in the Taylor Swift style, is different enough that it allows Farnam's strengths, both vocally and lyrically, to shine forth.
Forever Ours and Heartbreak are good songs. However, with so many young singer/songwriters trying to break into the business, an artist has to set themselves apart from the crowd.
The final track, Call Me, Crazy feels like a back-handed salute to Carly Rae Jepsen, but is lacking in emotional sincerity. Farnam undoubtedly has the talent and skills, but the emotional drive is not coming through. All in all, though, the EP is a worthy effort.
Considering Farnam enjoys acting as well as writing and performing music, she should definitely pursue Nickelodeon or Disney as an outlet for both of her passions.
For more info on Sarah Farnam, check out her website.