Johanna Samuels has recently announced her signing to Mama Bird Recording Co. with the first single from her forthcoming album, slated for Spring 2021. “High Tide for One” was written in response to watching Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Los Angeles based artist’s song delves into the hopelessness she felt around the response to Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations, and the much too familiar patriarchal consolidation when female-identifying people attempt to bring the pain inflicted upon them to light. Speaking to the song Samuels says;
“I wrote this song thinking of Dr. Blasey Ford. My heart was broken and I reflected on how much scarcity of space and validation in basic experience there is for all female-identifying people. It felt a bit hopeless and I felt like I didn’t want to speak for a while.”
Samuels’ upcoming album was produced and recorded by Sam Evian at his studio in New York’s Catskill Mountains and features co-writes with Christian Lee Hutson and Olivia Kaplan. “High Tide For One” sees Johanna Samuels on Rhodes and vocals, Harrison Whitford on guitar, Garret Lang on bass, Sean Mullins on drums and percussion, with A.O. Gerber and Olivia Kaplan on backing vocals.
Check out this charming and rich new single “High Tide For One” from this debut LP. Possessing warm guitar and keyboard tones, a delicate rhythm section, and unpretentious vocal charisma; Samuels sails on the strength of her natural delivery and easy-going poetry. Combing the sparse statements of Mountain Man and Weyes Blood, Samuels offers an enchanting winter hymnal.
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