Samantha Savage Smith
Shares the title-track of her upcoming album “Fake Nice”
Fake Nice is out 22nd April on Saved By Vinyl
UK tour dates in May inc. FOCUS Wales, The Great Escape, London & Manchester
Samantha Savage Smith is a steadfast creator of glistening dreamy-indie-pop songs. Distinctly establishing herself (and her voice) with her previous two albums, Tough Cookie (2009) and Fine Lines (2015), Samantha returns in control and fully in her element on new album, Fake Nice which is a shimmering collection of multi-hued songs brought to life by Smith and co-producer Chris Dadge (Alvvays, Chad Van Gaalen).
Recorded at Child Stone Studio in Calgary, Fake Nice will be released on April 22, 2022 via Saved By Vinyl.
Samantha shares the album’s title-track, “Fake Nice“, featuring Calgary drag performer Queen Valerie Hunt, watch below:
“Fake Nice” is enthralling, starting with this immediate urgency ricocheting from the guitar notes and immersive tone. The percussion intensifies the atmospherical ensemble whilst the woozy rhythms and endless hooks control the audiences’ attention, it’s the mighty vocal harmonies of Smith which have this addictive pull over the entire exploration. The dynamic vocal range on offer documents this wealth of emotion, something the listener connects to with such ease. Lashes of melancholic movement crash over the entire journey, when the instrumentation unites and intensifies, this chaotic yet warming crescendo becomes this vital expressive passage. The tonality gives a nod to some retro influence yet brings this refreshing energy to the forefront. The course of the release flourishes through calmer verses to this sudden unpredictable eruption from the fierce peaks.
The new album will be one for the ages.
Samantha says the song itself is “an ode to being bipolar, being a “loose cannon”, and battling feelings of self-loathing, all the while still having your loved ones love you and encourage you to keep going.”
For the video concept, she “was inspired by watching one of my favourite Calgary drag performers, Queen Valerie Hunt, at a drag night I used to frequent called Queers for Beers (cute, right?!). Her energy and charisma are a force to be reckoned with, and I just really dug her thrifty, mod/punk aesthetic. She’s garnered a huge following in recent years, and also came second in a new drag reality series “Call Me Mother”. But luckily, despite her becoming the rising star that she is, Val was still more than down to be a part of the project.”
“The music is supposed to be this cheeky play on the ebbs and flows of being emotionally erratic and eventually breaking down into a state of psychosis – that’s the frantic instrumental bit, where I’d say we had the most fun shooting! Gotta love a strobe and a bad ass performer. Heather Saitz & myself fondly call this part of the video the “descent into madness”. But BLAM! The balloon pops and you come right back to reality. Perspective finally rears its head. Acknowledging that while you might be sick, you still have a whole lot of love to give, and are still able to receive love in return.”
While Fake Nice is once again centred around Samantha’s crystalline vocals and distinct brand of songwriting, it reveals an even more personal and uncompromising vision from Samantha Savage Smith – the result of her digging further into the production process, getting her hands dirtier than ever before. This extends all the way from penning the bulk of the material on the record, to racking up more instrumental credits than ever and getting deep into the mixing process – there is nothing on this album that shouldn’t be there.
Her live band is comprised of the cream of Calgary’s ever-ripe music community (including members of Polydactic, Sunglaciers & Lab Coast) and have shared stages with the likes of Cate Le Bon, M Ward, Hayden, Couer de Pirate, and Basia Bulat.
UK Live Dates:
May 5 – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham (12pm GlyndwrTV, filmed session @ Glyndwr University Campus)
May 6 – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham – Ty Pawb
May 7 – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham – The Parish
May 8 – Manchester, UK @ Fuel*
May 9 – Nottingham, UK @ JT Soar*
May 10 – Oxford, UK @ Divine Schism*
May 11 – London, UK @ Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes*
May 12-14 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
* supporting Garden Centre
1. Fake Nice
3. Sunset Rip
4. In It To Win
5. Spun Out
6. Wholesomely Made