choctaw-american artist samantha crain has released new album 'a small death', the first release out through british musician lucy rose's real kind records.
an engrossing series of eleven new, deeply personal tracks, 'a small death' finds the artist confronting decades of grief and trauma. after the release of her 2017 album 'you had me at goodbye', a string of car accidents left crain with incapacitating physical pain that often kept her at home and in bed. tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome in her hands and arms made it so difficult to play an instrument that she was barely able to perform on a european tour, which led to a huge amount of emotional stress and what the artist has called "a full-on breakdown".
after regaining the use of her hands and arms, crain began writing songs exploring her experiences and difficulties both old and new, thinking of her new album as the beginning of a second chance in life. "a lot of the stuff that i was writing about was me processing trauma through my whole life," she says.
the result is a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs ranging in theme from patterns of destructive behaviour to self-discovery. there's also a song in choctaw, the language of her native american ancestors. she wrote 'when we remain' in the mode of the protest song 'we shall overcome', serving as a metaphor for her people's perserveance, and her own. listen here:
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