Samia: the singer-songwriter with violent hooks, well-known mother and father and a sensational second album

From Nashville, US

Beneficial when you like Blake Mills, Julia Jacklin, Phoebe Bridgers

Up subsequent New album Honey launched 27 January by way of Grand Jury

Honey, the wealthy, uncooked second album by Samia, opens with an explosion of mild-mannered rage. Over organ and shimmering autoharp, the Nashville-based songwriter sings in a placid deadpan: “I hope you marry the woman from your private home city / And I’ll fucking kill her / And I’ll fucking freak out.” Kill Her Freak Out is without doubt one of the higher translations of internet-speak into track – the “screaming crying throwing up” meme in ballad type. “Individuals who grew up the way in which I did instantly understood that line,” the 26-year-old says. “Clearly I don’t need to kill anybody – it’s simply what you find yourself feeling if you repress different emotions for too lengthy.”

Samia broke out together with her 2020 debut album The Child, however Honey is the form of poised follow-up that would see her comply with within the footsteps of breakout cult stars Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski. A traditional however unusually textured indie-rock document – one track crackles and peaks as Samia breaks right into a howl; one other incorporates a coda of garbled text-to-voice recordings – it’s a nakedly unhappy account of the grind that’s making an attempt to raised your life in your 20s. “Optimism is the saddest factor on the earth to me and I’ve a whole lot of it,” she says. “There are a few happier songs and people are the saddest ones to me as a result of there’s one thing so pathetic and devastating about somebody aiming for optimism in between songs that wallow in ache.”

Video: Samia – Kill Her Freak Out

Samia was raised in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Kathy Najimy and Dan Finnerty, and feels “fortunate” to have witnessed the leisure trade from an early age. “I used to be tremendous disenchanted with it as a result of I noticed the way it ruined individuals’s lives and their happiness, and it was so image-oriented,” she says. She’s additionally conscious of the scepticism surrounding nepo babies: “There’s no a part of me that doesn’t need individuals to know the place I got here from as a result of that’s such an enormous a part of the explanation I’m the way in which I’m.”

Samia grew up round musical theatre and gravitated in direction of indie-rock. Feeling {that a} profession within the arts was her solely viable possibility, she started singing in different individuals’s bands and finally began writing songs, impressed by the poets Maya Angelou and Anne Sexton. Though she bought her begin after shifting to New York and falling in with the DIY scene, she escaped the town’s pandemic “wasteland” in early 2021 for Nashville.

After releasing The Child on small indie label Grand Jury, she shortly started work on Honey. Now, Samia’s objective is to “prioritise honesty” in her music. It appears to be paying off: at a current London present, followers roared Kill Her Freak Out’s violent hook again to her. She’s impressed by artists corresponding to Lana Del Rey and FKA twigs, who “lean all the way in which into” their tasks. “That’s one thing I’m engaged on as an individual, too – making an attempt to decide to who I’m,” she says. “I feel that’s the good factor you are able to do.”

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