Samantha Savage Smith is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter based in Calgary, Alberta.
Upon the release of her debut album Tough Cookie in 2011, the bulk of the critical acclaim it received was rightly placed upon her startling, unique voice, which seems at once familiar and totally new. The album was deemed “Best of 2011” by the Calgary Herald, FFWD Weekly, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, and the Vancouver Sun, and led to a string of CBC and CKUA performances and two acclaimed music videos for her songs “You Always Come To Mind” and “The Score”.
The key to Smith’s songs is that she has an ability to infuse her songs with a certain timelessness, invoking a familiarity within each listener, while still bringing formidable sense of self to the proceedings. This potent combination of traits belies the eclecticness of her own musical touchstones, which run the gamut from Anita O’Day and Kurt Vile to Land of Talk and Eric’s Trip.
Smith’s new batch of songs, the album titled Fine Lines, keep intact the vocal-heavy allure of the debut while exhibiting a gigantic leap forward in the development of a truly personal songwriting style. The album was recorded by Lorrie Matheson (Rae Spoon, Ghostkeeper) and features contributions from members of Lab Coast, Viet Cong, and Chad VanGaalen’s band.
Kids In The Basement
Fine Lines (LP)