Broken, Perfect (Album) – I can’t believe it’s finally over

A huge thanks to all the people I roped into this project: we did it. 🙂 Robert sent me the final versions of all the masters for “Broken, Perfect” last week, and I uploaded all of them on Soundcloud on Friday. Here’s the link! https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/albums

My friend Maira (an amazing graphic designer) designed the cover, and captured the heart of what I was trying to convey incredibly well. Thank you!

I can’t believe it’s done. Strange mixture of emotions, relief (we made it to the finish line), happiness (OMG, I’ve released my second album!!), but also a very real sense of loss (what’s the point of my life now??). A part of me almost feels shell shocked, because we’ve been pounding the pavement so hard for a while to get the album done. I think this is what empty nest syndrome must feel like. 🙂

The next project is our show at Brick and Mortar on August 6th (Sunday). The date is coming up really fast; I feel like this crazy year’s been speeding by.

Wish me luck on everything else to come, and hope you all had an amazing weekend!image1

Cycles: New Track on Soundcloud!

Just uploaded a new track on Soundcloud! If you’d like see us live at Monroe, get tickets here: http://aftonshows.com/samaya.

Cycles went through several incarnations, and we had to go back to the drawing board and do everything over for this one. It’s funny how that happens to songs on albums sometimes. 🙂 When I released the first version of the track that Robert and I wrote, we really liked it. We listened to the original version a few months later and couldn’t stand it anymore and realized it was completely different from the album concept.

We’re working hard on the show now and time’s flying by; I can’t believe April’s almost over!

 

Two-Face

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The epic battle of Batman Vs Superman hits theaters today, which raises the impossible question, who’s side are you on?

Here’s a great article from Bustle featuring the movie soundtrack.

Keeping up with the superhero theme, my new single “Harvey Dent”, dropped this week. Inspired by the DC Comic villain Two-Face, “Harvey Dent” is a dark, moody tale of deception. We all know ‘that’ guy – the one that is sweet on the surface but can he be trusted? The chorus really says it all: He’ll never make a groom / And he’s never a gent / All the days together / Won’t be time well spent // At best he’s a ruse / With full intent / To use and confuse / He’s Harvey Dent!

Check out the full lyrics and song below. Enjoy!

Harvey Dent
He waits for the right moment
Strikes at the opportune time
On the surface it all seems perfect
Underneath, it’s all a lie

A smile is the best you’re given
But it never reaches his eyes
He’s good, he’ll be sure to tell you
But it’s just a thin disguise

Chorus
He’ll never make a groom
And he’s never a gent
All the days together
Won’t be time well spent

At best he’s a ruse
With full intent
To use and confuse
His mind’s all bent

Verse 2
His words will make you feel safer
But his motives are always unkind
Maybe he wants to be better
(but) Compassion’s in short supply.

In his world this is how it’s done now
He won’t fight by your side
His soul is truly broken
His heart, completely blind.

If you want to stay a part of his story
Your future doesn’t look bright
You’re just a mere accessory
To delusions in his mind.

He is the only hero
In the chapters of his life
His vision is rosy and clouded
No hope he’ll see the light.

Verse 3
You’ve come to the final stages
Here’s a word of advice
Walk right out of these pages
Turn away, and don’t think twice.

The view up ahead is gorgeous
You’ve got your own verses to write
Not much left in him to care for
If love’s your chosen prize.

Chorus
He’ll never make a groom
And he’s never a gent
All the days together
Won’t be time well spent

At best he’s a ruse
With full intent
To use and confuse
He’s Harvey Dent!

Evolution

I think of all the music I’m working on right now for my new album and I really feel like it’s me. It’s very strange to remember how my first album felt so fitting and perfect when I finished it a year and a half ago. My style has changed completely, and though all the songs I’ve ever written are a strong representation of me, it’s funny how the old album seems so alien now. The concepts are still the same, but I’ve evolved as a songwriter. When I first wrote Porcelain Doll and actually finished it as my first completed single (ever) nearly three years ago, I thought it was the best song I would ever write in my entire life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e_r10Nli-o. I was truly concerned I would never be able to write something more meaningful and emotionally involved. Then I finished an entire album. While I still think Porcelain Doll is one of my favourite songs on the album, I wrote Curtain which I thought was at least as good, and in some ways, maybe even better.

The new series of songs I’m working on, however, have genuinely surprised me. I never thought I would be shift in the direction I have, but I’ve really been able to test and push myself because of it. It’s opened up a lot of creative space in my mind as well, and I’m deeply grateful for it.

Wishing everyone an amazing Friday. 🙂

S.

Deep Open Space and Beyond

Max sent across a completely revised version of Impossible a few weeks ago, and it sounds amazing. The song has so much depth now, I can’t even begin to describe how much I love it. Every time I listen to it to practice it, I remember exactly why I wrote it and how I felt when I did. I can’t wait to finish it up and set it free on the web. 🙂

I’ve been working on the rest of my new album with my voice teacher producing the tracks. Robert’s really great to work with, and has an incredible scope of musical knowledge. Some of my best moments are in the studio working with producers like him and Max. I am truly lucky.

I’d set a goal of finishing three new songs in my last post, and I’m done with one of the three. I know what the other two will be, which I guess is a step in the right direction. Wish me luck on finishing the rest soon!

Can’t wait to write the next update, super excited and hope I get to share some new music.

Tchau,

S

Joy

Amazing Saturday, went for a swim, worked on music, had lunch with good friends, fantastic weather, and just had a great voice lesson working on one of my original songs. My voice instructor told me the 15/8 time signature totally works, and I’m really excited to keep working on it until it’s good enough to perform live. Can’t wait!

ALL TRACKS FINALIZED…EP IS DONE!

Here are the songs for my brand new EP:

https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/01-porcelain-doll
https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/02-nighttime-story
https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/03-hobos-catcall
https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/04-colors
https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/05-changeling
https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/06-curtain

Big thank you to Max Savage, Chris Linke, Matt Boudreau, musicians, and friends and family who made this all possible. I am so happy. 🙂