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Samia - Honey (Album Review)

Friday, 03 February 2023 Written by Rebecca Llewellyn

Over a haunting score, Samia pours out raw, melancholy lyrics. Dripping in emotion while divulging her innermost thoughts, opening track Kill Her Freak Out is an eerily beautiful introduction to her second album, ‘Honey’.

An alt-indie artist hailing from New York, Samia made her breakthrough in 2020 with her first album ‘The Baby’. While following a similar stylistic route, ‘Honey’ propels her story forward at considerable pace.

On Pink Balloon her vocals are unmasked and tenderly sung, yet the album follows an obscure pattern: gentle tracks are placed next to up-tempo moments as it progresses into the pop-heavy Mad at Me. 

It’s unsettling and ever so chaotic, as though mimicking life’s at-times-unsteady equilibrium. The album swells like a tide, the rhythm of breathing, up and down in its motions. 

‘Honey’ is bracingly honest, Samia’s voice never faltering as she sings, “I’ve never felt so unworthy of loving.” The album is a searing take on growing up, and Samia exudes conflicting, all-consuming feelings through her music. 

From the fizzing pop of Mad at Me to the wooziness of Sea Lions, ‘Honey’ offers a unique listening experience as Samia creates a joy ride for the senses: delicate indie clashing with electro-pop, as sung vocals are infused among spoken word. Breathing life into her own blend of country on Charm You, and leaning into soft folk with To Me It Was, the confessional lyrical approach only enhances each genre Samia turns her hand to.

Despite its free-roaming spirit, ‘Honey’ has clearly provided comfortable roots for Samia to expand her musical repertoire. Dipping her toes into new sounds and styles, this album isn’t just another take on modern indie. It is braver and bolder than that.


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