Samia

September 23, 2019

Samia releases “Never Said” cover, gets set for Samia + Friends & fall tour dates

Samia returns today with a patient and plaintive cover of Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville standout “Never Said.” When we first heard some of Samia’s early singles, the Phair influence wasn’t lost on us. Apparently we weren’t alone:

“Had the distinct privilege of meeting John Mellencamp when I was 14 and played him a few of my songs. He goes, ‘Liz Phair. You’re gonna be like Liz Phair,’” says Samia. “Listened to her music pretty exclusively for a few years after that. Haven’t had such a visceral and lasting reaction to anyone’s music since. The original version of this song is obviously untouchable so I wanted to try something completely different. You can probably hear her influence in my voice and songwriting so it would’ve been impossible to record an entirely new version of it, but we slowed that fucker down! Was a real honor to sing this song.” Samia is joined on the recording by friend and fellow NYC songwriter Raffaella on vocals, along with Quinn McGovern who produced the track, and her early 2019 collaboration with Active Bird Community

But that’s not it. Samia also created a lo-fi fever dream of a music video for the song, premiered today via FLOOD and available for your viewing pleasure above. The clip was put together with the help of her friends, actors Lucas Hedges and Fred Hechinger. According to Samia: “I was hanging out with my friends Fred and Lucas last month and we were filming ourselves doing ridiculous characters…I played them the ‘Never Said’ cover and this sort of just happened. We sent it over to Nick [D’Agostino] who sprinkled magic on it and voila!”

The release of “Never Said” comes a few short days after Samia opened for Soccer Mommy at Lincoln Calling Festival, and just before she headlines Samia + Friends at Brooklyn’s Our Wicked Lady on September 28. The Doc Martens mini-festival was curated by Samia herself and features performances from Active Bird Community, Daisy the Great, Nick Cianci, Pearla, Tarune, and a DJ set courtesy of Blu DeTiger. She’ll be keeping busy throughout the rest of the year as well, with an October run of dates with Remo Drive, followed by a November jaunt with Cold War Kids. Tickets on her artist page now.

Samia

May 20, 2019

New Samia single & music video for “Ode to Artifice”

Samia has been busy. After releasing her double A-side single, “Lasting Friend” / “Paris,” back in January, she jumped on the road with Donna Missal in February, turned heads at SXSW in March, then joined her label mates Hippo Campus on another leg of their Bambi tour in April & May. Today she’s back with “Ode to Artifice,” a new single and music video (featuring a cameo from Mary Louise Parker) directed by Nick D’Agostino. The video just debuted over on Consequence of Sound, as part of their recurring Origins feature.

“The New York singer offers more than poignant confessional lyrics,” says CoS’s Ming Lee Newcombe. “She also crafts striking compositions, which range from dramatic, wailing folk ballads backed by simple piano or acoustic guitar accompaniments to gritty and grungy rock anthems. Always at the forefront is her crystalline voice, carrying each number with its deft transitions between ranges and its emotional power.” 

Of the video, Samia says, “‘Ode to Artifice’ is a desperate plea; my authentic self is lusting after my stage/party persona and begging her to merge. Nick D’agostino and I decided to tell the story of a girl who spends weeks obsessing over the way she’ll present herself at prom, only to discover that she is grossly underdressed compared to the more colorful and popular version of herself who is thriving at the event.”

The video and single come only a few short weeks before a pair of headline shows, one at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY and another at Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets over on her Artist page. As anyone who caught her with Donna or Hippo can attest, you don’t want to miss these shows.

Samia

February 13, 2019

Samia debuts “Paris” music video with Gorilla Vs. Bear

Today, Gorilla Vs. Bear unveils the new music video for “Paris,” from Samia’s recently released double A-side single. “NYC’s Samia follows up her boisterously defiant “Lasting Friend” vid by gently tugging at our heartstrings with something a little more low-key, in the nostalgia-inducing new visuals for her tender breakup song ‘Paris,'” says GvsB. “The video is made up of sweet archival family footage of lil’ Samia, interspersed with more recent, glowingly hazy film shots, co-directed by Samia and Zak Adams.”

The clip comes on the eve of Samia kicking off a lengthy run of dates alongside Donna Missal. Find them all over in the tour section. The run will make a pit stop at SXSW down in Austin. Watch this space for more details soon.

Samia

January 28, 2019

Samia returns with a pair of new songs, a music video, and so many tour dates.

Samia is back today with two new songs. “Lasting Friend” and “Paris” were released last night, and this morning we were gifted a music video for “Lasting Friend.” As if this wasn’t already an embarrassment of Samia riches, we’ve also announced two wonderfully lengthy tours she’ll be joining oh so soon. In February she heads out with Donna Missal (who we love), and in April she’ll be riding shotgun with our very own Hippo Campus. Needless to say, we’re excited. And you should be too.

Our friends over at Stereogum premiered the music video for “Lasting Friend” this morning. It was directed by Ruby Rose Makkena. “It’s a punchy, fuzzed-out tune doused with unapologetic honesty,” says Stereogum. “She repeats the opening line, “I’m not ashamed of my past” over and over, not totally convinced of its truth. Each word becomes a confessional as she confronts her relationships with the boys of her youth. And in the chorus she calls them out by name. “I have this party anecdote about how the boys in middle school used to line up in the gym and touch my boobs,” Samia said via email. “It’s as funny as it is difficult for me to grapple with, because it’s how I learned to measure my worth. I made a lot of friends that way and it’s hard to unlearn that routine; we were all trying to make sense of the roles we were assigned.”

Samia

July 12, 2018

Samia shares “Milk” music video

Another jaw-droppingly gorgeous one from Samia. “Milk” was produced by Jesse Harris, and the accompanying video was shot by Tess Lafia. The song follows the more rambunctious “21″ with a return to the contemplative side. A gut-wrencher about eating disorders, losing loved ones, and finding strength and clarity in sadness. The single is out now on your favorite streaming services.

But in perhaps even more exciting news, later this year you’ll get the chance to see Samia in the flesh when she hits the road to support Active Bird Community along the east coast. Check out the dates in our tour section.

Samia

May 8, 2018

Samia shares “21” music video

We should be used to it by now, but Samia just keeps surprising us. Today we unveil a new single and music video for “21.” The track was produced by John Agnello, and it’s up everywhere you stream music. The video was directed by the whizes over at Hyper House, and The FADER debuted it this morning.

“A raw, electric energy runs through the veins of New York songwriter Samia’s music,” says The FADER. “You can hear it in the way her voice often clambers to a wail before immediately dipping into her lower register, and in the knife-sharp lyricism that slices through “21,” the newest song in a recent string of one-offs.” They’re right. Watch the video now, and if you’re in New York, make it your business to join us This Thursday at Pete’s Candy Store.

Samia

February 16, 2018

Samia shares new single “Django”

Meet Samia.

Her new single, “Django,” is out today on Grand Jury, and there’s more where that came from. The piano-led ballad recalls some of the low-lit charms of Tobias Jesso Jr, the hushed immediacy of Phoebe Bridgers, while drawing from the same well of sharp-witted lyricism as Liz Phair. It’s a tongue-in-cheek ode to the depth and fleeting nature of teenage sorrow, and the perfect introduction to her world.

She’ll be at Rockwood on Monday night. If you’re in New York and you’re not there, you’re doing it wrong. Tickets. So we’ll see you there?