New Release & Video: Sam Brookes – Black Feathers / Ekarma

Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Sam Brookes has announced his return with the new single and video ‘Ekarma’, the first track to be released from his forthcoming new album Black Feathers, out 23rd October.

‘Ekarma’ explores the inner strength found in periods of isolation weaved with dark but ultimately soothing memories of the ocean. ‘Ekarma’ was inspired by a frightening childhood experience which saw Brookes nearly swept out to sea whilst swimming on a family holiday, too far from the shore to call for help. As he expands “I had this overwhelming feeling of fear that almost crippled me but I realised it was up to me to get myself back to shore. This memory often revisits me as an adult when I feel that I’m ‘too far from the shore’.”

Black Feathers is Sam Brookes’ first album in six years. A lot happened in those seemingly absent years; Sam Brookes lost his father and had a long-term relationship unravel, before losing a close friend. A relocation to the relative calm of Bristol followed with some time out to process before the experiences were slowly poured into the songs of Black Feathers, an album Brookes describes as “a mediation on grief.”

Sam Brookes began writing Black Feathers back in 2017, with the album coming fully to life when producer Dom Monks, who also mixed the record, got involved. It is the first album to be recorded at the Bert Jansch Studio in the Somerset countryside. It was mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios, Chiswick.

Tracklisting as follows…

  1. Ekarma
  2. Sinking Boats
  3. 18 And Sleeping
  4. Falling
  5. Black Feathers
  6. Be Free
  7. Into The Night
  8. Granite
  9. Fools On Saturn
  10. The Sleeper

Catch Sam Brookes live in the UK and Ireland in November-December…

4th November: Prince Albert Inn, Stroud (UK)
6th November: Old Bakery Studios, Truro (UK)
7th November: Jam Jar, Bristol (UK)
8th November: Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot (UK)
10th November: Green Door Store, Brighton (UK)
11th November: Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester (UK)
12th November: Heartbreakers, Southampton (UK)
13th November: Bush Hall, London (UK)
14th November: Bedford Esquires (Room 2), Bedford (UK)
15th November: OPEN, Norwich (UK)
17th November: Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham (UK)
18th November: The Greystones, Sheffield (UK)
19th November: Settle Victoria Hall, Settle (UK)
20th November: SWG3 Poetry Club, Glasgow (UK)
23rd November: The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore (UK)
25th November: Cluny 2 , Newcastle (UK)
26th November: The Met, Bury (UK)
27th November: The Duncairn, Belfast (UK)
28th November: Whelan’s, Dublin (Ireland)
29th November: Roisin, Dublin (Ireland)
1st December: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Music Room), Liverpool (UK)
2nd December: Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury (UK)
3rd December: The Gate, Cardiff (UK)
4th December: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth (UK)
5th December: The Globe at Hay Institute of Art & Ideas, Hay-on-Wye (UK)
6th December: Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (UK)

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