Wed May 10 2017 8:00 pm
Jarrod Dickenson

Don’t underestimate Samantha Crain. In the video for her new song “Oh Dear Louis” off her forthcoming album ‘You Had Me At Goodbye’ (3/24, Ramseur Records), the singer goes on a three-man murder spree set to the backdrop of kaleidoscopic visuals and an irresistibly hook-driven pop anthem. Lenny called the new music “gripping….a self-portrait comprising dark humor, vulnerability, and earnest humanity.” 

‘You Had Me At Goodbye’, out 3/24 via Ramseur Records, is the latest offering from Oklahoma native Samantha Crain, whose eccentric warble takes center stage on this collection of pop-minded, art punk-influenced tracks. It was produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Strand of Oaks) and recorded completely analog on a Neve 8068 console at Tiny Telephone Recording in Oakland, CA.

‘You Had Me At Goodbye’ is chock full of darkly humorous, witty lyrics and off-kilter vocals that expertly quench a thirst for unabashed quirkiness. Samantha is a member of the Choctaw Nation, and the album includes and a stirring update of a traditional Choctaw song that eerily prefigures that Standing Rock controversy. The lyrics to “Red Sky, Blue Mountain” chillingly translate to, "A red sky, a blue mountain. The dream that is real, born to change the world. And we did, but what have we done.”

Samantha has toured with artists like First Aid Kit, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and Brandi Carlile, and her music has earned praise from places like Rolling Stone, and Spin, who said Samantha "deftly conveys the small-wonder pleasures and pains of everyday existence." Samantha will embark on a national headlining tour later this year. Initial dates below, full itinerary to be announced soon.