Samia, “Before The Baby”
By Ruth Jiang · December 03, 2021 Merch for this release:
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An album reissue of the singles preceding Samia’s 2020 debut album The Baby, the sound of Before The Baby is wide awake and fresh, with evergreen stories of adolescent uncertainty told with Samia’s inimitable candor.

The tracks on Before The Baby take a rich dive into a world of self-examination. Cinematic instrumentals on “Django” pair with cunningly sorrowful vocal flair. “The Night Josh Tillman Listened To My Song” is devastatingly self-aware in the knowledge of wanting attention from an idol (Father John Misty) while simultaneously being afraid of rejection.

With the ability to convey feelings spanning from self-blame (“Welcome To Eden”) to self-confidence (“Ode To Artifice”), Samia’s music demands attention. The album is dexterous in thematic and musical execution; ranging from sardonic on opening track “21” to fiercely cathartic on “Lasting Friend.” Sprawled across the realms of indie rock and flowing folk, delicately reflective tracks such as “Paris” pair with the frank resilience on “Someone Tell The Boys,” which impugns misogyny.

Samia’s work on Before The Baby is an impressive exhibition of a promising young artist who has only just started settling into her 20s, much less the rest of her life.

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