SAM EVIAN SHARES TWO NEW SONGS – LISTEN TO “COUNTRY” AND WATCH VIDEO FOR “YOU, FOREVER”
THE ALBUM YOU, FOREVER RELEASED 1ST JUNE ON SADDLE CREEK
UK TOUR NEXT WEEK INCLUDES SHOW WITH UMO AND DEERHUNTER
“You, Forever” video
“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 — AKA New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer Sam Owens — will release his new album You, Forever on 1st June 2018 via Saddle Creek.
Following the release of lead single “Health Machine” and album opener “IDGAF”, today Sam presents two new songs: the fleeting, nimble driving “Country” and slow burning “You Forever” with an accompanying video starring Sam’s sibling Zannie skateboarding the streets of New York City.
“Country” was written after Sam and his girlfriend (Hannah Cohen, who also sings throughout the album) took a cross-country road trip and encountered what they perceived to be a dust storm in rural Nevada. “For a hundred miles we didn’t see a person or even a tree,” says Sam. “Then all of a sudden this giant dust cloud appeared which turned out to be ten cowboys on horses lassoing cows. It was the most real thing I’ve ever seen.”
“You, Forever”, the title track from the new album, tumbled out of Sam in a sequence he labels, “Man falls. Hits head on sidewalk. Wakes up with song.”
“A few years back, I had a prolific week of writing after I fell on some icy concrete and smacked my head on a steel grate. I’m sure I sustained some sort of concussion, which left me feeling pretty lucid. I had been thinking about Bowie a lot, and decided to try and write something with a ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’ kinda vibe. ‘You, Forever’ just tumbled out of my head, lyrics, melody and all. It was kind of stream of consciousness, which is rare for me. I shelved the song and forgot about it, but dug it out when I was preparing to make this record. It was exciting to sing the words again. They felt more potent than I remembered, but still had the charm of a nice head injury. ‘If you’re anxious, If you’re worn, if you’re keeping to yourself on the telephone’ …who isn’t?”
You, Forever was recorded on eight-track reel-to-reel tape in a house in upstate New York with his Brian Betancourt (bass), Austin Vaughn (drums), Adam Brisbin (guitar), and Hannah Cohen (backup vocals and 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