For Samantha, the road to her debut EP has taken the long way around. Clemons’ sound is sonorous but immediate and intimate, ringing out over her percussive-style guitar from the depths of a long life that’s been crowded into too few years. A nomadic childhood as the daughter of two Army vets led to spells living in North Carolina, California, Kansas and Germany before she put roots down in Texas. As an artist, it’s been a slow burn as Samantha shed her initial acoustic pop sound and began channelling her frustration and disappointment at the dramatic social and political shifts of recent years. Leaving the love ballads and feel-good anthems behind, Samantha took up the mantle of the mourners and the maligned, opting to saddle up to the sorrow she was swimming in.
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Of befriending this darkness, Samantha reasons “if you think about it, it’s the only place where light is of any use. Someone’s gotta go sit in those dark corners. Someones’s gotta give it a name, stare it in the face.”
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