Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sam Amidon, Starving Artist of the Year, Vermont-Iceland Division, 2007-08

Through total happenstance, WMBR acquired a preview copy of Sam Amidon's All Is Well release (Bedroom Community) in late 2007, before the album's release was unceremoniously delayed until 2008. I thank my lucky stars that something - the unappetizing album cover featuring a sunburned, scrawny and shirtless Sam in cowboy hat - compelled me to listen. Recordings of transatlantic folk songs in Iceland - see similar venture by Bonnie Prince Billy and Valgeir SigurĂ°sson - it's a wondrous, humble moving record. Compare and contrast two versions of the single, Saro. One directed by Sam; another stock footage collage apparently sanctioned by the label:

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