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 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.”
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.
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.
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?