Brooklyn-based artist SAMIA captures the raw intesity of early Torres on thundering new ballad "Django".
"Django", a monumental blur of piano and voice, is drenched in melancholic melodies and barbed tongue-in-cheekery. It's an exciting glimpse into the world of SAMIA:
"I wrote most of 'Django' at 17, crying in the bathtub, looking down at myself from above my body and finding the scene to be hilarious," explains the 21-year-old musician. "I had to use the humour in my sorrow; there was a lot of it. I’m not sure how much it comes through on the record but I really was trying to make fun of myself. The idea of desperately yearning to watch someone light his hand rolled cigarette is, to me, a great representation of what it was to be a teenager. I felt it a lot but somehow also knew how quickly I would stop feeling it. Everything came and went so quickly and so intensely. I wrote the bridge four years later."
This new offering follows up "Someone Tell The Boys" and "The Night Josh Tillman Listened To My Song", the former a sadly poignant ode linked to the Me Too movement and the latter a riposte to Father John Misty's I Love You, Honeybear tune "The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt."
SAMIA plays NYC's Rockwood Music Hall on 19 February and then Joe's Pub on 5 March with the Resistance Revival Chorus.