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Sam Heselwood - EP Review: Home Is Where The Heart Is

19 Sep 2023 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Ex rugby player turned singer-songwriter Sam Heselwood has recently released his 5 track EP Home Is Where The Heart Is. Originally from Christchurch, the indie-pop musician has delivered poignant, beautifully composed music which aims straight for the heart.

A severe spinal injury playing may have stopped him from playing rugby, but the musician who released his first EP in 2022 is forging his way ahead keeping music as his main focus. The rugby player turned songwriter has accumulated millions of streams to date, continuing to be added to featured playlists.

Heselwood's vocal range is soft pop with an edge. There is a slight rawness which accentuates the emotion in his songs.

Home Is Where The Heart Is follows on from his chart successes of his number 1 NZ single Home and follow-up track How's Heaven. He appears to be flourishing, not only receiving support from mainstream radio such as ZM and The Edge but also continued back-to-back single funding and support from NZ On Air.

All tracks bar one on the EP are inspired in some way by his partner. How's Heaven started as a letter to his grandfather encapsulating a bounty of happy memories and emotions.

In an EP of beautiful songs, it was hard to have a standout. I could hear why Home went to number 1 on the Hot NZ Singles Chart as the first track on Home Is Where The Heart Is, you can immediately hear the expressive, strong singing and clean mixing of instrumentals indicating a skillful streamlined offering. Previously described as a relatable love song this is a catchy introduction to the music of Sam Heselwood if you have not heard it before.

The stirring melodies in Give Her Your Heart beautifully complement the story behind the song. There is a multifaceted approach to his music, combining delicate acoustic guitar with mellow, tender vocals tinged with a slight grittiness. The combination is appealing.

This is an EP of 5 superbly constructed tracks. Even though Sam has now freshly landed in the UK, keep an ear out for this talented musician's impressive body of work.


About Sam Heselwood

Rugby player turned pop singer-songwriter, Sam Heselwood is a name to pay attention to.

Sam Heselwood’s music is warm and intimate, showcasing a refreshingly authentic sense of vulnerability. Influenced by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi, Sam Heselwood’s music is nothing short of breathtaking. Heselwood captivates his listeners with honest and relatable lyrics and his powerful voice. Exploring themes of family, love, and mental health Heselwood has the unique ability to leave the listener with goosebumps.

The definition of a humble kiwi lad, Heselwood is trying to break down boundaries through his music. Fighting the stigma that ‘men don’t cry’, Sam Heselwood isn’t afraid to expose his inner feelings to help others.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Sam Heselwood


Home Is Where The Heart Is
Year: 2023
Type: EP

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