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PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Samamidon’s “Wedding Dress” MP3
Sam Amidon (Samamidon) sounds like Michael Cera if Michael Cera were a folk singer and not an actor. It’s that gentle timidity that likens Amidon to singer-songwriter, Nick Drake. Amidon’s neo-traditional folk music has a quaint, 18th century New England foliage-filled town feel. Considering Amidon spawned from two Vermont song/dance/storytelling extraordinaries, I guess that makes sense.
His last album, All is Well (2008), which was produced by Icelandic engineer, Valgeir Sigurðsson (Kate Nash, Ben Frost, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Björk), is comprised of ten renditions of Americana blues/folk songs. The traditional lyrics are told in simple story-telling form, but like your grandfather’s best stories, underpin a deeper moral.
Amidon’s banjo plucking and unassuming vocals are often accompanied by viola, horn and trombone — orchestrations which make the album a little less hillbilly, and far more elegant. Download Sam Amidon, but don’t blame me for your sudden urge to flee to Appalachia on horse and buggy.
— Carly Wolkoff, Managing Editor