Daytrotter a Day #35: Sam Goodwill (Released 11.29.13)
When I pressed play on "Hand to the Good Book," Sam's lilting falsetto reminded me of Bon Iver. Once the piano entered the mix, I started getting a Coldplay vibe. Then some background vocals reminiscent of Ben Bridwell showed up. By the time I got to the scuzzy bass towards the song's end, I realized I should stop trying to compare and just listen. This served me well on "Facing the Music," which detonates at its midpoint and gets grooving like a motherfucker. "Hanging Heads" wasn't my cup of tea, but "Bullets," a somber acoustic tune that references Kurt Cobain, was alright.
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