Saturday, March 22, 2008

Samamidon - All Is Well

Of all the indie-folk records that have been released lately, "All Is Well" by Samamidon (aka Sam Amidon, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter born in Vermont) stands as one of the most simple approaches and also one of its best. Delievering his own modern interpretations of tradional-folk songs, few instruments are used besides an acoustic guitar, some percussions and fragments of piano, strings and horn arrangements that adorn his own relaxed voice. Recorded in Iceland with the help of composer Nico Muhly, producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and contributions from Ben Frost, Aaron Siegel, Eyvind Kang & Stefan Amidon (his own younger brother), you can almost hear the silence between each element, as everything seems to be inserted with the sole purpose of building a private world that can even feel too intimate for some. This is enough to create delicate, touching and conforting pieces that almost manage to make time standing still. (7,5/10)

Samamidon - Saro (video)

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