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A Small Death

Samantha Crain

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Soon after the release of her fifth album, 2017's You Had Me at Goodbye, some of Samantha Crain's touring plans were sidelined by injuries and other conditions exacerbated by not just one but a series of car accidents. At times bedridden with chronic pain, the Oklahoma singer/songwriter eventually found some relief in various therapies, both physical and mental in nature, as the experience dredged up some unhealed emotional wounds. As her condition improved, she began writing songs again, and the resulting album, A Small Death, carries the weight of certain life lessons and reckonings. The dreamy, mournful opening track, "An Echo," examines her relationship with her mother, who spent a number of years away in prison. An arrangement of minimal acoustic guitar, bass, and drums expands to include pedal steel, vocal delay, and hazy harmony vocals by the one-minute mark. Tracks like "Reunion" (about her high school reunion), the accordion-accompanied "Joey," and "High Horse" return to a spare, amplified folk as Crain's bluesy lead vocal delivers lines like "I know the weight of the big mistake/And I know the sound of a warm crescendo falling away." Balancing the more somber material are songs including "Pastime," which takes the form of shimmery indie rock, and the two-minute closer "Little Bits," an alt country-rocker that ends the album on a lively coping anthem. A set that honors and acknowledges more than wallows, A Small Death, like You Had Me at Goodbye before it, also includes a Choctaw-language track, this time the original song "When We Remain."
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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1
An Echo
00:03:48

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Leach, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paddy Ryan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Reid, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joanna Grace Babb, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Trevor Galvin, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

2
Pastime
00:03:27

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paddy Ryan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Reid, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Garrison Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

3
Holding To The Edge Of Night
00:04:42

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Reid, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Galvin, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

4
High Horse
00:04:12

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Leach, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Calvin Abney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joanna Grace Babb, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Garrison Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

5
Reunion
00:03:00

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paddy Ryan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Reid, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - John Calvin Abney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Galvin, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

6
Joey
00:04:40

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Walker, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - David Leach, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Calvin Abney, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joanna Grace Babb, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

7
Constructive Eviction
00:03:20

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paddy Ryan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brine Webb, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Galvin, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Garrison Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

8
Garden Dove
00:03:50

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Baker, ComposerLyricist - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paddy Ryan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brine Webb, Bass Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Trevor Galvin, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Wigler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

9
Tough For You
00:03:49

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Leach, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Calvin Abney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

10
When We Remain
00:02:50

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Calvin Abney, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

11
Little Bits
00:02:04

Jeff Lipton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Crain, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Synthesizer Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Erik Wofford, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maria Rice, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyle Reid, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Brine Webb, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Samantha Crain, under exclusive license to Real Kind Records

Album Description

Soon after the release of her fifth album, 2017's You Had Me at Goodbye, some of Samantha Crain's touring plans were sidelined by injuries and other conditions exacerbated by not just one but a series of car accidents. At times bedridden with chronic pain, the Oklahoma singer/songwriter eventually found some relief in various therapies, both physical and mental in nature, as the experience dredged up some unhealed emotional wounds. As her condition improved, she began writing songs again, and the resulting album, A Small Death, carries the weight of certain life lessons and reckonings. The dreamy, mournful opening track, "An Echo," examines her relationship with her mother, who spent a number of years away in prison. An arrangement of minimal acoustic guitar, bass, and drums expands to include pedal steel, vocal delay, and hazy harmony vocals by the one-minute mark. Tracks like "Reunion" (about her high school reunion), the accordion-accompanied "Joey," and "High Horse" return to a spare, amplified folk as Crain's bluesy lead vocal delivers lines like "I know the weight of the big mistake/And I know the sound of a warm crescendo falling away." Balancing the more somber material are songs including "Pastime," which takes the form of shimmery indie rock, and the two-minute closer "Little Bits," an alt country-rocker that ends the album on a lively coping anthem. A set that honors and acknowledges more than wallows, A Small Death, like You Had Me at Goodbye before it, also includes a Choctaw-language track, this time the original song "When We Remain."
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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