Portland, OR trio Sama Dams share the official video for new single "Principle of Loving" today. The video showcases watercolor artist Alexandra Becker-Black and is available to watch/share via YouTube HERE.
The band's confidently sleek and smooth avant-rock track is available to hear and share via Bandcamp.
Intimacy and solitude intertwine in the “Principle Of Loving” video. Visually centered on painter Alexandra Becker-Black, the camera gazes on the small moments of early day routine and introspection. Alexandra’s own focus is reserved for the canvas, where watercolor paint is carefully applied yet allowed to flow along its own path. Slowly the portrait of an unknown woman, perhaps a sister, lover, or even a previous version of herself, begins to emerge.
Few bands command the unexpectedly fine line that divides tension and release like Sama Dams does. And it's no wonder: songwriters Sam and Lisa Adams have been playing music together for over a decade -- as long as they have been married -- developing a creative forthrightness that sometimes feels voyeuristic. Taking cues from jazz, R&B, new wave, indie-rock, and classical art song, the alt-rock trio weaves a sensuous musical fabric that is distinctly theirs.
Much like the Dirty Projectors or Thom Yorke, Sama Dams's high art sensibilities are wrapped around a subversive knotty core of uncompromized radicalism -- like if Leonard Bernstein was signed to K Records. In that way, the DIY ethos of the Pacific Northwest has shaped much of the band's path forward since graduating music school in 2008 and relocating to Portland in 2012.
Sama Dams' fourth and most recent full-length album, Say It surprises you with its gritty yet precise instrumentation, striking a keen balance between reserve and power, from wiley "Neil-Young-riding-a-rocket-sled" electric guitar riffs and mutant waves of organ to distorted ukulele and cut-up-on-the-spot breakbeats. The Portland Mercury said "Say It is an endlessly fascinating sonic concoction, and a confident step forward for Sama Dams." What should be a series of stylistic contradictions results in each song firmly standing its ground as an interwoven compositional masterpiece, bending and twisting with eclectic abandon.
The band's sprawling sonic footprint is held together by their dynamic vocal power - an alternate-reality vocal pairing of Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley. Sam and Lisa's combined proficiencies and unique approaches to songwriting merge with the brilliant percussive work of drummer Micah Hummel, creating a matchless sound in live settings as well as in the studio.
Sama Dams can regularly be found gracing stages, music festivals, and living rooms across the United States and Central Europe, their music finding a place in the hearts of both music enthusiasts and general audiences alike with their intelligent arrangements, catchy melodies, and playful musicality.
The band's new single "Principle of Loving" will be available Sept 20th via Portland collective label Self Group on all digital platforms as well a limited 7" picture disc. Sama Dams will be supporting the release with tours of the west coast (fall) and Europe (spring 2020).
SAMA DAMS LIVE 2019:
09/25 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/27 La Grande, OR @ Side A Brewing
09/28-29 Moscow, ID @ Modest Music Fest
Artist: Sama Dams
Album: Principle of Loving EP
Label: Self Group
Release Date: September 20th, 2019
01. Principle of Loving
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