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Time To Melt (LP)

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Long Play Vinyl
No of Discs:
1
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Available
Release Date:
14-01-2022
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Barcode:
767981177816
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Slip Sleeve (CD or Vinyl)
Catalog Number:
FP17781
Time To Melt (LP)
Time To Melt (LP)

Description

Sam Evian knew he wanted to leave New York City almost as soon as he arrived, more than a decade ago. An upstart songwriter and producer, he, of course, loved its creative wellspring - the ideas, the instrumentalists, the energy. But he'd grown up in the woods of upstate New York and, later, along the coast on the rather empty eastern end of North Carolina. The city was expensive, anxious, and unsettling, however inspiring it could be. So in the Summer of 2017, he and his band decamped to a rented house upstate to cut his second album, the magnetic You, Forever. He then realized he could no longer resist the urge; two years ago, Sam and his partner, Hannah Cohen, split from the city, building their refuge in the quiet of a Catskills town. That reflective, relaxing environment inexorably shaped Time to Melt, his third LP and debut for Fat Possum. A glowing set of soulfully psychedelic pop gems, Time to Melt is a testimonial to the life and wisdom to be found when you give yourself the mercy of space. During the last decade, Sam has become a preeminent collaborator, producing and engineering records for the likes of Big Thief, Cass McCombs, and Widowspeak as Sam Owens, his given name. In their new home, he and Hannah hosted bands like house guests as he helmed their sessions. The coronavirus, though, clamped down on those interactions, largely sealing the couple from their longtime scene. So Sam tried something new: He sorted through more than 60 instrumental demos he'd recorded in the last two years and began shaping the most enticing of them into songs with help from Hannah and a cadre of long-distance friends - Spencer Tweedy, Chris Bear, Jon Natchez, even strangers who sent him voice memos via Instagram. He took the unexpected time at home to dig deeper into his world of sounds and ideas than ever before, calmly considering our moment of prevailing chaos through a lens of newfound distance. But the last few years have been purely happy for mostly no one, Sam included. Time to Melt reckons with the weight of our time, even when it sounds largely weightless. Inspired by John Coltrane's mixture of grace and gravitas and Marvin Gaye's uncanny ability to turn social issues into personal anthems, Sam strove to give these otherwise-beguiling instrumentals the thoughtfulness and depth these days demand. With its rubbery bassline and sweeping strings, "Freezee Pops" unfurls like a Summer breeze. It reads, though, like poetic testimony on police brutality, an innocent kid's life plundered for prison-system profits. And "Knock Knock" taps Sam's memories of race-and-class violence in the small-town South and his subsequent reckoning with our crumbling American façade, where "we tell ourselves almost anything but the truth." The song is ultimately a tribute to the perseverance of the vulnerable, who find community and joy in spite of the way centuries of miscreants try to deny it.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Freezee Pops
  3. Dream Free
  4. Time To Melt
  5. Knock Knock
  6. Arnold's Place
  7. Sunshine
  8. Never Know
  9. Lonely Days
  10. Easy To Love
  11. 9.99 Free
  12. Around It Goes
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