Thursday, 4 August 2016

Sam Simmons

The lead singer of popular Cleethorpes band The Loving Memory (who are coming over to St Helens on September 17th to play Ralph's Musicians Against Homelessness gig) Sam Simmons is flexing his solo muscles and releasing More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow; an album of his own work, on Saturday August 6th.

The album kicks off in fine style with Closest Thing To Heaven with its Americana-esque lyric overlaid on some nifty guitar work in the stylee of the late great Stuart Adamson. He slows the pace with the melodious and poignant Guess before How Can I Move You pulls on the heart strings a little more.

There's an almost country feel to Long Long Time and one's left wondering how introspective the writing is. The atmospheric Rain continues the reflective feel of the previous tracks although with a more anthemic feel.

Sam gets back on the Indie train with Real Rebecca and for me, it's a fair bet as a single release from More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow. Follow on track Recall has a Jackson Browne feel to it as Sam again shows his Americana-esque side, whilst Say has a bouncier Brit Pop vibe.

Possibly my favourite track on the album is Secretly which takes the listener on a delightful musical journey. It's a well crafted song that's a delight. Penultimate track Wheel on the other hand is a bit 'samey' to some of the earlier tracks although showcases Sam Simmons immaculate acoustic guitar-play.

Closing with When The Lights Were Dim and Sam's on form again indie-wise, another tip for a single from this accomplished album for one so relatively young.

With More Than Yesterday, Less Than Tomorrow he has made a more deliberate effort to write infectious songs presented alongside bright and driven yet sometimes delicate arrangements. 

The albums lyrics deal primarily with relationships, with how difficult yet rewarding they can be. Many of the albums lyrics are very positive in nature, some are much more reflective. 

The album contains mostly new songs alongside some reworked pieces from the past. It took a year and a half to record and was recorded and co-produced by Sam Carlton who plays guitar in Sam's band. It's released first on CD available via his Facebook followed by a full online release September 2nd.  

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