February 3, 2023

We’ve (re)rebranded our Artist of the Month sequence to CoSign, but it surely stays an accolade given to an up-and-coming artist or group who’s poised for the large time. For January 2023, we’re highlighting Nashville singer-songwriter Samia and her weak new album, Honey.

“I’m debilitatingly existential. All the pieces needs to be existential, and it’s horrible,” singer-songwriter Samia laments. “I believe it’s due to my center college ex-boyfriend.” She’s smiling like she’s telling a joke, however on the identical time in all probability isn’t joking in any respect.

We’re seated in GreenHouse Bar in Nashville on a grey January day — the inside of the neighborhood staple gives a stark distinction to the dreary climate, and Samia (who introduces herself as Sammy) appears proper at house amidst lush greenery and rows of crops. Her sophomore album, Honey, is approaching quick, due out January twenty seventh through Grand Jury Music. The report is eleven soul-baring tracks assembled over the previous two years, and Samia’s prepared for them to be heard.

“The primary album was rapid and direct, and I believe quite a lot of it was me making an attempt to be sensible and introduce myself in the best way I needed to be perceived,” she recollects. “This report, I needed to be actual with myself in quite a lot of methods I didn’t wish to be. This album is extra of an trustworthy reflection of the place I’m really at.”

Honey pre-release single “Kill Her Freak Out” contains the type of line that catches the listener off-guard with its frankness. “I hope you marry the woman out of your hometown and I’ll fucking kill her,” she sings. “And I’ll fucking freak out.” It’s not mentioned with malice, essentially — it’s sung prefer it’s an inevitable fact. Vulnerability, alongside the aforementioned existentialism, are two of the strongest currents that run via the album, sweeping the listener up with its bracing honesty.

The music video for “Kill Her Freak Out” co-stars Lucas Hedges (Girl Hen, Manchester By the Sea). It was shot within the Tennessee countryside, co-directed by her good friend Muriel Margaret, and the 2 describe the filming day as one of many worst days of their lives. A lighting trucked tipped over the within the driveway, and a truck with a full crane needed to drive out to “the center of nowhere” filming website to reset it. “She saved capturing,” Margaret emphasizes, describing Samia’s give attention to set. “She was nonetheless within the second.”

“Kill Her Freak Out” is way from the one deeply private, extremely emotional tune on Honey — “Respiration Tune,” for instance, is a fragile diary web page. “Your mother retains threatening suicide on holidays,” she sings elsewhere on “Pink Balloon.”

“I used to be sharing my innermost, ugliest ideas, and I hope that wasn’t in useless,” Samia explains. “I hope it resonates with folks. My favourite factor is listening to confessional music, as a result of it makes me really feel like I’m not loopy.” (We take a second then to collectively, breathlessly anticipate the forthcoming boygenius report).

Samia, picture by Sarina Kurrimbukus

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