So, keep in mind that Sam Evian is not the name of the actual artist, but the musical project of New York-based songwriter, musician and producer Sam Owens. And his latest album You, Forever is an examination of owning up to – and more importantly, learning from – one’s own actions, and his love of living in New York City.
But there are a couple of other things that immediately caught the attention of your humble Austin Music Minute host. One, Owens actually wrote these songs with the idea of listening to them on the road. As Owens said during his visit/performance in Studio 1A this afternoon, the music’s movement and texture can loop or be linear, very much like a journey. And two, to record the album, he worked primarily with tape, finding that its limitations helped him focus more on the creative process and the experience of working on the music. He started recording on a four-track, then moved on to an eight-track reel-to-reel.
You, Forever is a superb listen. And you’ll hear the new tunes at the Sam Evian show tonight at 3Ten, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:45 p.m. with opener Katie Von Schleicher. Great all around. Recommended.
-Photography by Josh Goleman.