SAM EVIAN SHARES NEW SINGLE “IDGAF”
NEW ALBUM YOU, FOREVER RELEASED 1ST JUNE ON SADDLE CREEK
UK HEADLINE TOUR IN MAY INCLUDES SHOW WITH UMO AND DEERHUNTER
“As the patient pace and yearning lyrics suggest, Evian wants to be in this for the long haul. So when the song finally erupts into a glorious cacophony of chunky guitar riffs, ascendant harmonies, and sax squeals, the effect is as calming as it is chaotic. This is the sound of an artist sticking to the righteous path…” – Pitchfork
“[‘Health Machine’] has the raw enthusiasm of an early take. It is a bludgeoning cut, driven by mottled guitars and balanced by Owens’ slapback vocal, which floats as ever above the fray. Where 2016’s Premium embodied an isolated vocal aloofness, ‘Health Machine’ is a woolly, slow-grooving production that’s crowded with musicians and heavy July humidity.” – NPR
Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer (real name Sam Owens), will release his second album You, Forever on 1st June 2018 via Saddle Creek. Full of romance, You, Forever is Owens’s first foray into a more soul-baring sensibility.
Following the release of the slow burning lead single “Health Machine”, Sam now presents dreamy album opener “IDGAF” which explores the notion of embracing one’s passions and pursuing one’s goals no matter the impositions in their path. Owens discusses how the song came to fruition on a sleepless night:
“I’ve always been a night owl, but lately that tendency has led me down the path of full-on insomnia. The insomnia is exacerbated by screen time, media time, coffee time, and time, in general. In bed, my insecurities linger and the kaleidoscope of anxiety starts to pull me into a strange, trance-like state. “IDGAF” is one of my 5am songs. Sometimes when I’m deep in the well of nonsleep, I get up and write. I don’t even remember doing it. The same thing happened with “Cactus” on my last record. I think I tried to write a sort of mantra to coax myself into sleep. It must have worked.”
You, Forever was written on the heels of touring Premium, which taught Owens much about feel and interaction. Fuelled further by a desire to escape from the glow of screens and to embrace a sense of limitation, he quickly developed a new set of instrumental songs written for a band rather than just himself and recorded them on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder at his parent’s home in North Carolina.
As Owens explains, “The four-track is so limiting; you’re forced to get only the bones of the song down. You can’t do any overdubs, so it was fun to work on that with the experience of the live band behind me. And something about playing my family’s instruments in the garage where I grew up spurred a set of songs that became the new record.”
He then rented a house in upstate New York with his band — Brian Betancourt (bass), Austin Vaughn (drums), Adam Brisbin (guitar), and Hannah Cohen (backup vocals) — to record on an eight-track reel-to-reel tape in July of 2017. With no tuning pedals allowed, the focus was on instrumental grooves and the aim was to achieve the vibe of the original recordings.
You, Forever is available for pre-order here, including 100 limited edition LPs on yellow vinyl.
Sam Evian UK tour
18 May – Brighton, The Great Escape
19 May – Bristol, Rough Trade
21 May – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
22 May – London, The Islington
24 May – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
25 May – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26 May – Manchester, Albert Hall #
# with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Deerhunter and Boy Azooga