An unusual singer-songwriter makes her amazing debut here. Samantha Crain is a Chocktaw Indian and comes from Shawnee/Oklahoma. However, she grew up with the music of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Creedence Clearwater Revival. And that's what you hear in their timeless music. Her songs are unusually emotional, her lyrics tell personally colored stories. In addition her voice sounds much more serene than a 26 year old normally does, a bit countryesque, but somehow also like a mixture of Björk and the singer of the Turin Brakes, which may seem strange, but sounds quite magical on record. The highlight of the eleven compositions, however, is Crain's will to pop melody. This is certainly also due to the extroverted production of singer-songwriter colleague John Vanderslice, which gives the songs almost something like hit potential without robbing them of their intimacy. One of the first surprises of the year.
Top track: Paint