We introduced different times British musician, sound artist and singer-songwriter Will Samson. One year after A Baleia +Lua (Dauw Records), he announced the release of a new album. Paralanguage is out on December 6th via Wichita Recordings. It was mixed and mastered by Taylor Deupree and features Message To Bears, Beatrijs De Klerck, Ben Lester, Elise Melinand, Michael Feuerstack, Jeremy Boettcher and Desiree Rousseau. You can pre-order it here and listen to a couple of excerpts.
According to the press release, It was inspired by Samson’s first – and only – experiments with psilocybin. For some time, following the death of his father in 2012, the British musician had suffered from mild PTSD, unable to process the grief provoked by the sudden nature of his passing, but it took him several years before he felt confident enough to explore the possibilities this popular compound was said to offer. Finally, he and his girlfriend retreated to the countryside for a day, and Paralanguage seeks to emulate that experience. Indeed, vocals for two tracks, ‘Ochre Alps’ and ‘Flowerbed’, which he’d been struggling to finish for a number of months, were written and recorded over two subsequent afternoons spent micro-dosing.
Today we have the pleasure to premiere the remix of the track “Flowerbed“, curated by American musician and songwriter Sean Carey aka S. Carey. His rework seems to “smooth”, in a refined way, rhythms and moods and drives the track even further in evocative and dreamlike lands. Will Samson, about how the remix came about, says:
“S. Carey’s first album ‘All We Grow’ was a huge inspiration to me when I first started to sing on my bedroom recordings, way back in 2010. It was a dream come true for both Beatrijs (Beatrijs De Klerck, a violinist who also plays with A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Christina Vantzou, and contributed to this record) and I to tour with them last year and genuinely one of our favourite ever run of shows. They are the sweetest bunch of guys and we all got along so well. Beatrijs ended up joining the guys on stage most nights (adding violin), then Jeremy Boettcher and Ben Lester from the band kindly contributed some double bass and pedal steel to Paralanguage, which helped to finish up the whole year long recording process.
“I felt a little reluctant at first to ask Sean to create a remix for me, since the whole band had already been so giving – but was delighted when he enthusiastically said yes – and even happier when I heard what he had done! I love it.”
Listen below and check the upcoming tour dates.
- 11 Dec – Rough Trade West, London, UK
- 25 Jan – Chambre d’O festival, Oostende, BE
- 28 Jan – Atelier 210, Brussels, BE
- 30 Jan – ACUD, Berlin, DE
- 31 Jan – TRAFO, Jena, DE
- 20 Feb – The Waiting Room, London, UK
- 06 Mar – CAE, Portalegre, PT
- 08 Mar – Teatro Bocage, Lisboa, PT