Full-length followup to acclaimed ’08 EP.
By Blurt Staff
With her debut full-length, Songs
in the Night, Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers deliver a
shudderingly beautiful unique batch of songs in a style that’s been described
as “meshing freak folk with a deep-seated, dust-bowel soul.” The 22-year-old Shawnee, OK native’s haunting
voice, well-chosen words and emotional depth ring true in a way that sets her
apart from most artists of her generation. Picking up where her critically
acclaimed 2008 Ramseur Records EP, The Confiscation, leaves off, we find
Crain – a Choctaw Indian from Oklahoma who’s been described as a kind of
distaff Neil Young – presenting each song with an unfeigned fervor as
her voice rises and falls over the panorama painted by the Midnight Shivers and
their roots-infused, fertile arrangements.
Songs In the Night plays out to wander confidently in the badlands
where abrasive, jangly indie rock and smooth, whispery folk meet. Along with
her band the Midnight Shivers (Jacob Edwards, Andrew Tanz and Stephen
Sebastian), Crain recorded all 11 tracks in five days at Asheville, NC’s Echo
Mountain Studios with producer Danny Kadar (Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket,
The Avett Brothers), and the album captures the organic, rural feel of the
sessions. Songs in the Night chronicles the fear Crain saw in
herself and those around her who assumed that embracing health and clarity
would, in turn, destroy every particle of poetry and each grain of ingenuity
dwelling within them as artists.
In these songs, Crain finds inspiration to be found beyond
the crutches of anxiety and self-contempt. For her, a soul removed from a
dim and murky den is a breeding-ground for vision and artistry, set to realize
its full potential. Songs In the Night is Crain’s account of this
excavation. As the album unfolds, listeners can rest easy knowing they
are not experiencing illusions and the band can be comforted with the
reassurance that they delivered something that is genuine.
It’s due April 28 from NC’s Ramseur.
[Photo Credit: Samantha Lamb Photography]