Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer (real name Sam Owens), will released his second album You, Forever in 2018 via Saddle Creek.
Full of romance, You, Forever is Owens’s first foray into a more soul-baring sensibility following his debut album Premium (2016), and 2017’s collaboration with Chris Cohen, “Need You”.
You, Forever was written on the heels of touring Premium, which taught Owens much about feel and interaction. Fuelled further by a desire to escape from the glow of screens and to embrace a sense of limitation, he quickly developed a new set of instrumental songs written for a band rather than just himself and recorded them on a Tascam four-track cassette recorder at his parent's home in North Carolina.
As Owens explains: "The four-track is so limiting; you're forced to get only the bones of the song down. You can't do any overdubs, so it was fun to work on that with the experience of the live band behind me. And something about playing my family's instruments in the garage where I grew up spurred a set of songs that became the new record.”
He then rented a house in upstate New York with his band -- Brian Betancourt (bass), Austin Vaughn (drums), Adam Brisbin (guitar), and Hannah Cohen (backup vocals) -- to record on an eight-track reel-to-reel tape in July of 2017. With no tuning pedals allowed, the focus was on instrumental grooves and the aim was to achieve the vibe of the original recordings.