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free music friday: samson & delilah
October 23, 2009, 9:37 am
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fmf_samsonanddelilahSamson & Delilah
‘And When The Rose’

If Manchester duo Samson & Delilah’s gently batty MySpace description (“songs of love and longing, truth and deceit, beauty and decay”) hasn’t quite clued you up, then perhaps their song titles (‘Motherbird’, ‘Starlight In Your Afternoon’) will – you’re in for some seriously hippy-dippy folk music. Self-described “partners in life as well as in music”, Sam Lench and Anna Zweck have a faintly triumphant history that recalls Bon Iver’s snow-topped mysticism. Anna is Australian and Sam from Somerset, a geographical inconvenience which meant that Samson & Delilah wrote much of their self-titled debut on opposite sides of the world from each other.

Luckily, the obvious difficulties in communication haven’t seemed to have affected the music. Much of Samson & Delilah’s hauntingly sparse folk music is interspersed with a good dollop of lovesickness, elevating their music from merely pretty to genuinely affecting. The best example of this is the chaste, partially a cappella ‘And When The Rose’; Anna’s voice has a remarkable, bell-like purity, and the song rises to a breathtaking crescendo, infused with strummed mandolins and breathy horns. Fans of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom will revel in this autumnal gem. MP3 after the jump.


Samson & Delilah
01 Crystallised Sand
02 Swimming Against The Tide
03 And When The Rose
04 Dusk
05 The Hoop Snake
06 Motherbird
07 Dreams Of Yesterday
08 Dawn
09 Starlight In Your Afternoon
10 Angels Said
11 Place To Be

FREE MP3: Samson & Delilah, ‘And When The Rose’

visit Samson & Delilah on Myspace


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