and her daring group of volunteers are as brave as they come. In this premiere of the Canadian up and comer's video for "The Score", she and her mates are put through a song long barrage of culinary delights, all whizzing through the air and splatting their subjects in a sloppy, slo-mo kind of glory. Things get a little more interesting towards the end of the video...there's a lot more to worry about than just a few food stains, but you'll have to watch the video to see what we're talking about.
If you don't know much about Samantha, it's because she's a little bit of a newbie below the border. In her homeland, she's a rising new talent with critics fawning over her latest album, Tough Cookie
. The Calgary Herald went so far as to declare the record "the finest, most honest and absorbing releases you'll hear this or any other year". Not too shabby. As for what we've heard, "The Score" will trip you in its' melodic trap. There is a classic, Ronnettes-style drum beat bouncing along, all while "la la las" galore flutter around Smith's light and loopy vocals. Pick up a copy of The Score
to hear more, now available via Wester Famine / Arts & Crafts distro.
Samantha Savage Smith is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter, who released her debut album, "Tough Cookie" in April 2011. After a few years honing her craft on the West Coast and subsequently returning to her hometown in the spring of 2009, Samantha continued writing and performing new songs inspired by her love of classic interpreters such as Anita ODay and Billie Holiday as well as present-day songsmiths like St. Vincent and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Shortly after posting demos online and playing a handful of extremely well-received shows, word spread quickly in the Calgary indie scene of the young singer-songwriters immense talent. The online demos caught the ear of local producer Lorrie Matheson (Rae Spoon, Ghostkeeper), who was struck by her achingly beautiful voice, melodies and lyrics. After seeing her perform live, he saw the potential in Samantha for a long and fruitful career. He offered his services to assist her in the next step - the production of an album that would showcase her personal and poignant songs and the voice that delivers them.
"Tough Cookie" was recorded in 2010 at Matheson's Arch Audio studio in Calgary. Backed by Chris Dadge, Scott Munro and Brooker Buckingham (who have lent their talents to recordings and live shows by Chad Van Gaalen, Rae Spoon, Ghostkeeper, Fake Cops and Woodpigeon), and featuring the back-up vocals of the Dudes' Dan Vacon, the album incorporates her love of torch songs, classic blues, R&B and rock music.