Samantha Fish – “Watch It Die / Love Letters” is available @ Apple Music.
by Walter Price
Blues, the foundation of Rock N’ Roll and a genre that has been twisted and reshaped into infinite forms. And it’s becoming increasingly rare to find an artist who not only has the skills to cause a commotion among audiophiles and who is doing something brilliantly their own, while respectfully utilizing nods to the sounds that came before them.
Critically acclaimed Samantha Fish is such an artist. And her recent Double A-side “Watch It Die / Love Letters” will, without doubt, continues her ascension to the upper echelons of rock-virtuoso royalty.
While the connective tissue is an obvious one on this release, what isn’t usual, is Fish’s sui generis blended brand of funk, soul, blues, and alternative in telling these tales. “Watch It Die” is a sustained locomotive of empowerment. The funk/soul heartbeat is reminiscent of what Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More borrowed from Funkadelic and Sly Stone to construct their grooves. Although fun, what they didn’t have was Fish’s weighty song construction gravitas, and that is substantial.
“Wanna talk it out, you’re the only one talking now
Taker keeps taking, but the giver’s given out
Every word’s a brick, you’re building up a wall,
Asking me for answers, but you heard em all.
You can’t raise it up, baby if you stand around and watch it die. “
While “Love Letters” will certainly induce thoughts of Joan Armatrading and Beth Hart, the power is all Fish. Her vocal dexterity and the intricate arrangement, both magnetic and intoxicating. And, in my opinion, this is the track that folks will be talking about and adding to their summertime playlists post-haste.
Pack of smokes and your pocket change
Are all I got when you go away
It hurts my heart, but I can’t complain
I woulda done this anyway”
With a new album, ‘KILL OR BE KIND‘, announced (20 September via Rounder Records), this Double A-side is a titillating teaser for what’s to come…
“Watch It Die”, writers Samantha Fish/Patrick Sweany
“Love Letters”, writers Samantha Fish/Jim McCormick