Samantha Crain has shared the second track to be lifted from her forthcoming new album, A Small Death, and a set of new UK headline dates to support its release.
‘Garden Dove’ is streaming below, alongside a stunningly shot video, directed by Crain herself in Oklahoma…
A Small Death is released on the 1st May 2020 through musician Lucy Rose’s newly formed independent label, Real Kind.
‘Garden Dove’ follows the re-introduction of Crain last month with ‘An Echo’. 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. The album is self-produced.
Samantha Crain on ‘Garden Dove’: “The song idea was pretty simple, so I just sort of leaned into it and kept it in the looped/meditative groove. I love a good driving song and songs that find a rhythm pocket to live in throughout the song makes a great driving song. There is a definite confidence and swagger.
“In the past, I’ve had a hard time finding a way to show that part of my personality in songs in a way that felt like me, but I think this song sort of picked up where my song “For the Miner” left off in that arena of expression.”
“So, with that idea in mind, this idea of being better for yourself and learning to love yourself, I started thinking about how much easier it was to connect with other people when you’re actually revelling in and enjoying your own company as well. It reminded me of a cult of friendship, sort of building this great web and community around myself.”
On the video: “I felt like I wanted to make a spooky Oklahoma backroads cult video for the song. I was inspired by Robert Weine and Hitchcock and wanted to make it feel real and high quality but also homemade in a way. My friend Blake did the camerawork, I directed and did the costumes, my friends Nia and Izze (who were also in my “An Echo” video) and Adam acted as my growing cult family. We filmed it on an extremely cold winter night on a dead-end street in Norman, Oklahoma.”
On signing Samantha Crain to her new label, Lucy Rose commented: “I have real ambition for Samantha and this album. It’s such a profound and intelligent album, musically and lyrically. I’m so grateful for the braveness she has shown in doing this. It’s a deeply personal album and one that I will continue to listen to and enjoy for all the years to come. I hope many, many more people will too.”
Samantha has also shared a new batch of live dates in the UK for May. A previously announced live date at House of St Barnabas on the 4th March is now sold out, but Samantha will be back later in the Spring with six new live dates including London’s Omeara on the 7th May.
4th March – House of St Barnabas, London
6th May – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
7th May – Omeara, London
10th May – YES (basement), Manchester
13th May – Stereo, Glasgow
14th May – Oporto, Leeds