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You, Forever

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samthemusicman Sam Evian is one of the best song writers around. I love The Beatles influence and his dreamy voice.
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Aljen Beautiful melodies, subtle instrumentation and velvet vocals. Hints of Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison-like (slide)guitar, whiffs of Jeff Hanson's angelic voice, reminds of Elliott Smith and even some Wilco... No more comparisons, this is a very unique and honest album without fillers that can only be credited to the artist itself! Give it a go, strongly recommended!!
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a house for bugs What the actual fuck @ the instruments on Country & the romance. Has me feelin good to be alive. Favorite track: Country.
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about

As it has been said: no matter where you go, there you are. With his new album You, Forever, Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer Sam Owens, is here to add some eternity to that sentiment. “This is you, forever: deal with yourself,” he says. “It’s about accepting that you are responsible, that you are in charge of your actions. Everything that happens to you is because of you; no matter what happens, go there and learn from it.”

It’s a mantra that powers self-starter Owens, who released his debut Sam Evian full-length, Premium, in the fall of 2016. You, Forever (as well as 2017’s Need You, a collaboration with the multi-hyphenate musician Chris Cohen) was written on the heels of Owens’s experience touring that first album with his band. The tours—which included opening shows for bands like Whitney, Lucius, Luna, and Nick Hakim—taught him much about feel and interaction. Further fueled by a desire to escape from the glow of screens and to embrace a sense of limitation, he quickly developed a new set of instrumental songs written and recorded on a four-track cassette recorder in his parents’ house in North Carolina. Inspired by these limiting techniques, Owens borrowed an eight-track reel-to-reel tape recorder from a friend, rented a house in Upstate New York, and took his band there to record the new album in July of 2017.

That sensibility is both practice and theory on You, Forever. Dreamy album opener “IDGAF” provides suitable exposition with its notion of embracing one’s passions and pursuing one’s goals no matter the impositions in their path. “Health Machine” is a crunchy, slow-burning but deliberate stomper glowing with warm electric guitar noodling, saxophone wailing, and Owens’s reverb-laden lyrics that he says detail an abstract version of how he relates to his own physical form. “It’s about the unattainable health that I would like to imagine for myself on tour. Health is your job if you’re touring as a musician, although it’s a job I don’t do so well.” The song was the last recorded in the summer session, with Owens playing acoustic guitar through a heavily distorted microphone.

“There’s a ton of romance on the record,” he says. “It’s all romance. It’s also about living in New York and trying to separate myself from any idea I had previously of living in New York, and how I’ve kind of designed my own world there.” Whether traveling through America, navigating the bustle of his adopted home, playing festival stages with rock legends, or getting back to basics in his parents’ garage, no matter where Sam Evian goes, there he is... forever.

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released June 1, 2018

Produced by Samuel Griffin Owens
Recorded at the Lizmis' house in West Shokan, NY
Additional vocals recorded in Sam's apartment
Saxophones recorded at Thump Studio and Figure 8 Studio
Strings recorded at Thump Studio
Mixed at Thump Studios, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, by Sam Owens, with guidance and support from Brian Betancourt, Hannah Cohen and Bob Moses

All songs Sam Griffin Owens/Domino Publishing (ASCAP)

Photos by Hannah Cohen, Shervin Lainez, Josh Goleman and Sam Griffin Owens
Design by Jadon Ulrich

Special thanks to:
Austin, Brian, Adam and Hannah… my wrecking crew
Bob
Mom, Dad and Z
Saddle Creek family
Richard Grabel
David and Krishna Lizmi
Jack McNutt and Julian Master for the Tascam 48 deck
Robbie Lee for the RCA BA-2C, Langevin AM16's, and Lomo 19a3 microphone
Shahzad Ismaily for the two Neve 33114's
Gary Waldman for his lovely 12-string electric and 6-string acoustic guitars
Koll Guitars for the “Health Machine” guitar
Richard Levengood
Figure 8 family
Frank Riley and Wilson Zheng at High Road Touring
Jessica Linker and Stephanie Bauman at Pitch Perfect
Domino Publishing

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Track Name: IDGAF
I look through the window
to the coming dawn
Feel my body tingle
'cus these days I don't sleep through the night

I should'a been a driver
I drive so true
And life's just an empty road
in the end it'll lead back to you

And when I find you
you show me the truth
You show me how I can sleep through the night
how I can sleep through the night

I don't care, I don't care anymore
not like before
I don't care, I don't have to care anymore
Days go by and I will stay beside you

Lookin' up to the picture
hangin' on my wall
reminds me of simple times
'cus these days I don't sleep through the night

I should've been an ocean
I get so blue
And you would be paradise
In the end I will run back to you
the end I will run back to you

And when I find you
you show me the truth
You show me how I can sleep through the night
how I can sleep through the night

I don't care, I don't care anymore
not like before
I don't care, I don't have to care anymore
Days go by and I will stay beside you
Track Name: Where Did You Go
I had a dream of a clear blue sky where you tell me your name and the temperatures rise
You fly away in a big jet plane but you turn it around and fly back again
Reach in my pocket, there's only a dime, can you take me there, can you take me to ride?
I'm feelin' ready, I'm feelin' ok, is it time to run away? Is it time to run away right now?

Where did you go, where did you go?
Where did you go?

There isn't much in the world that I need, but a real fast car can be everything
If I had money I would throw it away, but I'd save a little bit for the old highway
Who can tell me that it's only a dream when I hear so clear how the caged bird sings?
I keep the memory of this place, it is burned in my brain and I'll never let it fade, no no.

Where did you go, where did you go?
Where did you go?
Track Name: Health Machine
We slither out on a Tuesday, feeling tired and hopeless, and I don't know why
This life is a wonder
This life is a wonder

Help me see through yesterday, I need a barricade, I need an extra life
My body's a wonder
My body's a wonder

Break out the health machine
It makes us live it up
It keeps us free and clean
It gives my heart the beat and I don't know why

I look over to my best friend
They have weakness
They are pale and tired
I know how to save them
I know how to save them

Break out the health machine
It makes us live it up
It keeps us free and clean
It gives my heart the beat and I don't know why
Track Name: Anybody
Across the border
Thought I'd find my remedy
Cross the line and make a life

We rolled on a Saturday and left it all behind
Don't regret a single thing, it was my time

Tracing my shadows
Down across the desert floor
Waiting for the man to come

This land has no sympathy
No one to help you fight
The plants will keep you on your knees
From daybreak 'til night
and I have a heart to give
and hands to make it fight
and now I'm out here on my own
Some kinda life

But who will look out for me?
Who knows my name?
Is there anyone out there
who knows my kinda pain?

In this country
tossed my name out to the wind
felt my weathered life divide

Thought of my dear family
the friends I left behind
Thoughts like that bring me to my knees
I strike 'em from my mind

And now my home is everywhere
I sleep beneath the sky
No government to care for me
but I'll get mine

And I keep my spirit up
I keep it close beside
The sun will rise and make me work
The moon will calm my tide

And I live life right by the book
It keeps me going on
And some will call me criminal
So god help the blind

But who will look out for me?
Who knows my name?
Is there anybody out there?

Who will look out for me?
Who knows my name?
Is there anybody?
Track Name: Apple
I just need a place to rest my head
to close my eyes and leave
to close my eyes and see
I haven't rested since you left

I just need a way to lose the time
to let it come over me
A place where time is free
If I could only close my eyes

I just need a place
I just need a place
I just need a place

Long long days just turn into long nights
But then you come over me
and give me what I seek
A way to rest my weary mind
through the night
Track Name: Country
I don't feel right in society
the twisted world
Fuck the guns and mythologies
the old time fears
the things we think we need

Hold on tighter to me, baby
Don't let me go
We got miles and miles of country
before we're home

I sing the songs
that my idols sing
But they're all cold
and I will follow them to the grave
But now we ride
and we'll stay free

Free, like the love you gave
Free, to live out our days

Hold on tighter to me, baby
Don't let me go
We got miles and miles of country
before we're home
Track Name: Next To You
I can feel your shadow
I just wanna be next to you
Wanna be next to you

I can't fight the world’s battles
I just wanna be next to you
Wanna be next to you

I don't have any country
I did but it tore me up
and I don't know anymore

And this life is such a mystery
but I don't feel so fucked up
as long as I'm next to you

So many people
watch how they fall
So many good ones
can't be who they are
So many people
are fading away
So many people
can't make it today

Days go by and I'll never know
I'll never have words to explain what is going on
Guns are pointed at everyone
but together we're better off
I wanna be next to you

So many people
watch how they fall
So many good ones
can't be who they are
So many people
are fading away
So many people
can't make it today
Track Name: Summer Day
Oh, my love
can't you stay?
I'm just not ready to leave this place
We had our troubles
They faded away
All of our troubles faded away

Gentle breeze for beating hearts
I don't think anything can keep us apart
I don't want anything to keep us apart

It took a summer day so I could see
It took a summer day for me to know
that the past was a long time ago

And it feels so good
to be with you today
And I ask myself
how can I leave this place
'cause I'm ready to stay

How my heart can carry me
Sometimes I forget the beautiful things
You show me figures
strange and sweet

It took a summer day so I could see
It took a summer day for me to know
that the past was a long time ago

And it feels so good
to be with you today
And I ask myself
how can I leave this place

It's a perfect time
It's a perfect day
and I tell myself
that i'm ready to stay

Took a summer day
Took a summer day
Took a summer day
Track Name: Now I Feel It
Something happened in my life
So sudden
I used to think I wouldn't mind
the short time that I had
At night I'd fly down country roads and flip the lights off under the stars
My old truck couldn't do much, but it could sure fly right through the dark

Moved to California back at 22
Thought that I could cut right through my bitter youth
Felt like some unwanted dog wandering ‘round in east LA
The sun beat down and burned me out
I lost myself, I lost the way
Looking back, I see it now, the emptiness that I couldn't deal with

But now I feel it
A reason to live

When you came into my life
I went through changes
Suddenly I got the chills when I felt danger
Now I want to live out
and to feel what it's like to have old love
Somehow you just spun me round
and showed me all the things that I forgot

And now I feel it
Now I feel it
A reason to live
Now I feel it
A reason to live
Track Name: You, Forever
When it is dark
keep it round
Hold on to it, let the light go out
This is you, forever
This is you, forever

Feel the cigarette
Feel your mouth
Feel the gutter running wild
It’s a good sound
Spirit locked the door
Left you in a proper daze

If you're anxious
If you're worn
If you're keeping to yourself
on the telephone
This is you, forever
This is you, forever

Alligator
Don't you hate it
‘Cause there's no other way
around

This is you, forever
This is you, forever

Always
Track Name: Katie's Rhodes
I can drive all night
I can drive to find you
It won't save our souls
but late at night, I find a little peace
out on the highway
Looking high and low
across the county
down to where the city shines out gold
and it keeps you there

I can drive all night
I can drive right to you
If you call my name
I can be there, right by your side

I know that highway
better than myself
It’s what defines me
cutting through the dark dark night

The dark dark night
The dark dark night
The dark dark night

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