Following today’s announcement that the wonderful Lucy Rose has launched her own independent record label, Real Kind Records, Lucy has also announced the US singer-songwriter Samantha Crain as her first signing, including details of her new album A Small Death, out on the 1st May 2020.
The album is preceded today by a stirring introduction to the record with its opener, ‘An Echo’ – take a listen below…
‘An Echo’ is an atmospheric and brooding listen by this Oklahoman musician who has long since been gifted with a finely-tuned ear for melody, and achieved much critical support across her previous releases. A Small Death heralds a fresh new era for Samantha Crain and a hard-fought victory in her relentless battle against illness and injury that at one stage suggested she might never be able to hold and play her guitar again. It makes for an emotionally-charged, richly-textured record, underpinned by Samantha’s poetic way with words and expressive means of delivering them.
About the release, Samantha Crain states: “This record was written and recorded during and after some serious hardships in my life. I had lost use of my hands, sank into despair due to the apparent loss of my ability to perform on instruments. I was suffering from a mental and physical breakdown and when I eventually came out on the other side of it, with my capacities renewed, I found such joy and appreciation to be able to create again and put all of this into this record, because of this, in my eyes, it is the most important record I’ve made and I held it firmly in my arms and carried it through to completion. I saw this as my bonus round, my second chance, and a time to re-evaluate my principles as an artist and my objective as a person. The state of peace that I came to following this tumultuous time in my life allowed me a real clarity towards desires for this record.
“Around the time that I finished this record, I became re-acquainted with Lucy. We had met before a few years back on a broadcast of Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 and at one of my London shows the previous year, but she had asked me to support her on a tour and I immediately felt a kinship with her–not only because of our shared navigation of being a woman in the music industry but I was also floored by her artistic integrity and her ability to adroitly manoeuvre herself, intelligently and clearly, through the business of it all too.
“I feel like this record is a new beginning for me, a re-birth after a small death. It is A total mirror of who I am, more than anything else I’ve made and because of that, it could only find its shared place with someone who truly loved it and believed in it, and Lucy has over and over again shown me that warmth and dedication.
“I feel so honoured to be the first release on Real Kind Records and believe in Lucy and her vision as much as she believes in mine.”
Samantha will arrive in the UK in March to headline a one-off night at the House of St Barnabas on the 4th March 2020.