Support: CHARLIE HICKEY
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Samia’s 2020 debut album, The Baby, was a testament to her impressive vocal might, irresistible tunefulness and
vulnerable lyricism, both clever and illuminating in equal measure. Drawing widespread acclaim from Pitchfork,
Stereogum, NPR, NME, The Sunday Times, and others, the LP more than delivered following the promise of
early singles like 2018’s “Django” and 2019’s “Ode to Artifice.” After emerging as one of the most exciting
up-and-comers in indie rock, Samia released a companion album this past January titled The Baby Reimagined, a
collection of covers and remixes featuring Bartees Strange, Anjimile, Field Medic, Palehound, former tourmate
Donna Missal, and more.
Samia spent much of 2020 in self-reflection, and she also made various life changes that left her feeling more
earnest and centered. “I got back into therapy and started thinking about boundaries, I moved to Nashville, I did
yoga sometimes,” she says. During this time, she wrote a handful of songs that make up Scout, a new EP out
digitally on July 23. “These were pretty much the only four songs that came naturally during this time, but I
think they really mirror my emotional experience this past year,” Samia says.
While The Baby leaned more on self-deprecating humor, Scout was born out of a need to “honor feeling secure in
what [she] had to say.” Lead track “As You Are” revels in the preciousness of unconditional love (“When
somebody loves you / They take you as you are,” she belts in the chorus) and floats delicately with graceful vocals
and steady percussion. Staticky guitar number “Show Up” is an acknowledgment of personal growth, and its
unwavering desire for wholesome joy really tugs at the heartstrings (“Nothing could ever stop / my ass from
showing up / to sing another song for the people I love”). The EP is packed with reverence for life’s ups and
downs, but more than anything, it’s an ode to loved ones.
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