15-September 2011
SAMANTHA CRAIN
CONFIRMS RELEASE OF 'YOU (UNDERSTOOD)' for 7th Nov
UK TOUR WITH
Ade Edmonson & The Bad Shepherds for Oct/ Nov

"...a beguiling voice—a little bit Regina Spektor, a little bit Joanna Newsom—and a captivating presence" NYLON

"Like a prairie-bred, meat-and-potatoes Joanna Newsom, Crain’s vocals are quivering, emotive and visceral." PASTE

 
Samantha Crain’s second album, You (Understood) is perfectly summed up with a quote from diarist and author Anais Nin,  “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.”
 
Each song on this album revolves around a real person, and recounts a particular episode of Crain’s life with that person. The scenes and the people are not especially unusual or stirring but the idea that specific contact will never, in all of time, happen again was a catalyst to inspire. Crain takes a microscope to the simplest of human interactions and feelings, turning them over, looking at them from all angles, measuring them on all sides whilst taking them apart with the full realization that each experience however small, are really quite exceptional.
Samantha Crain
You (Understood) 
 
 
 
Release Date: 7th November 2011
Label: Ramseur Records

 
Tracklist:
01. Lions
02. Blueprints
03. Equinox
04. We Are The Same
05. Religious Wind
06. Holdin' That Wheel
07. Up On The Table
08. Santa Fe
09. Wichitalright
10. Two-Sidedness
11. Toothpicks
 
For an album that engages in so much dissection, Crain enlisted Joey Lemon, producer of her Confiscation EP(2008) and guru of the Midwestern avant-garde band, Berry, to help her glue it all back together. They, along withEric Nauni (Student Film) and Ben Wigler (Arizona, New Beard), recorded the eleven songs in 7 days at Lemon’s studio in a white pole barn on the north side of Wichita, KS.
 
Feeling the importance of giving each of these songs a sound as personal and individual as the experiences and the people themselves, Crain expanded her repertoire from her debut Songs In the Night (2009) - the guitars are fuzzier; the time signatures modified; the drums audacious; the spaces bigger; the highs, higher; and the lows, lower. Carine has entwined herself the decibels and the dynamics of personal contact and has preserved her contact with 16 people that affected her throughout the writing and recording of these songs.
 
You (Understood) is her testimony to those sporadic and revered chapters.
 
UK DATES with Ade Edmonson and the Bad Shepherds
27-Oct UK Southampton The Brook
28-Oct UK Bristol The Fleece
29-Oct UK Liskeard Carnglaze Caverns
30-Oct UK Exeter Phoenix
31-Oct UK Cardiff 10 Feet Tall
03-Nov UK Birmingham Town Hall Birmingham
04-Nov UK Gloucester Gloucester Guildhall
05-Nov UK Morecambe The Platform
06-Nov UK Hereford Hereford County Theatre
09-Nov UK Colchester Colchester Arts Centre
10-Nov UK Norwich The Waterfront
11-Nov UK Stamford Stamford Corn Exchange
12-Nov UK Derby Derby Theatre
13-Nov UK Harpenden Harpenden Public Halls
15-Nov BE Gent Cafe Video
16-Nov NL Amsterdam Paradiso
17-Nov UK Manchester Band on the Wall
18-Nov UK Leeds Leeds Varieties
19-Nov UK Gateshead The Sage Gateshead
20-Nov UK Hull Hull Truck
23-Nov UK Brighton Komedia
24-Nov UK Farnham Farnham Maltings
25-Nov UK Folkestone Quarterhouse
26-Nov UK London Union Chapel
 
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