Johnny Brenda's Presents
Sam Evian, Uni Ika Ai
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Sam Evian is a new music project from New York City, and the latest signing to Saddle Creek.
"Sleep Easy" is the first track to be shared from Premium, the debut Sam Evian LP, scheduled for release in 2016. The limpid ease of Premium was captured in just a handful of days at Figure 8 studio in Brooklyn, where Sam is a resident engineer and producer.
Watch the music video for "Sleep Easy". (Video cleared to post and share).
Glowing lead guitar, aching pedal steel, Wurlitzer keys and iconic 20th-century synths coalesce over a sublime, supportive rhythm section, guiding Sam's melodies through a semi-familiar mist: the post-'60s zeitgeist, a sun-baked cassette of Pet Sounds, the modern struggle for emotional involvement in the internet age.
Get "Sleep Easy": iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud
"Sleep Easy" is available on limited edition 7 inch vinyl backed with "You Have To Hydrate" – ready to ship in September and available for pre-order now at the Saddle Creek Online Store.
"Someone once told me that having one penny is 100% better than having no pennies. Making Premium was like picking a lucky penny up off the street. I wrote the songs ten days prior to my first show, though the ideas had been living under the surface for some years. Sometimes a deadline is all you need. The band came together effortlessly and we found ourselves in the studio on borrowed time, smiling a lot. The use of 'Premium' is funny to me. Bottled water is funny to me. We're all hustling the same thing and packaging it in different ways. Stay hydrated," says Sam.
'Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk round my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers." -Anthony Burgess
Uni Ika Ai
Uni Ika Ai [pronounced: oo-nee eekuh eye] is a Brooklyn based dreampop / artpop band comprised of music veterans Maia Friedman (Bobby), Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), Tom Deis (Via Audio), and Dan Drohan (Wilsen). The band’s recently released debut album, Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind, incorporates elements of experimentalism, psychedelic haze, and eclectically unique pop — a “rhythmic, wonderfully askew brand of ethereal pop” (Stereogum) that The Wild Honey Pie says is a “new kind of off-kilter dream pop that the genre has been waiting for.”
Uni Ika Ai was born out of a desire for improvisation and experimentation. While on tour with Lucius in 2014, Lalish would record improvised snippets made during sound checks and email them to Friedman, who would send improvised snippets recorded at home in Brooklyn, in return. The two musicians, once in the same room, would mold the abstract material into fully formed songs. For Bullseye, the band enlisted D. James Goodwin as engineer, producer, and saxophonist, having him add occasional exuberant accents of jazz-inspired improvisation to the album’s atmospheric doses of peace and chaos. “Just like dreams, [Uni Ika Ai’s] songs pulse on airwaves that are both viscerally familiar and also slightly out of touch with the world we’ve come to live in” (ThrdCoast).
Wilder Maker is the songwriting project of Gabriel Birnbaum (b. 1986, Boston, MA) a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed on stage and on record with artists such as Sharon Van Etten, Sixto Rodriguez, Jens Lekman, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, DeVotchKa, Akron/Family, and SKATERS and his projects have shared stages with The Arcade Fire, Deerhoof, Dr. John, Gogol Bordello, Phosphorescent, and Dan Deacon. He has performed at Lincoln Center, the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Wilder Maker's most recent LP Year of Endless Light (2013) was described by eMusic's Jayson Greene as "a remarkable album, richly conceived and remarkably, wildly played." No Ripcord called it "a multidimensional tour de force," and Folk Radio UK praised it for "an incredible breadth of vision that defies musical genres." It's a record that both "demands and rewards careful attention," (Consequence of Sound) "seamlessly blending styles and incorporating [Birnbaum's] own free jazz lineage in a manner that swings from impossible beauty to unspeakable violence without warning," (My Old Kentucky Blog). The band is frequently compared to artists as diverse as Bill Callahan, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Van Morrison, The Band, and Bon Iver.
The band followed that LP with an EP trilogy entitled Everyday Crimes Against Objects Of Desire. The EPs received praise from Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Wondering Sound, The Wild Honey Pie, and many more for their "surgical songwriting," "crystalline harmonies," "poetics of beauty and terror," and "thoroughly original and twisted approach to songwriting." They've been called "deeply cathartic," and stand as the bands "first sure strides past hesitation's boundaries."
The band also features Katie Von Schleicher on keyboards and vocals, Sean Mullins on drums, and Nick Jost (Baroness) on the bass. Nothing would be possible without their skill and generosity. Other frequent contributors include Elio DeLuca (The Soul Shop, The New Lights), Wayne Whittaker, Danny Mekonnen (Debo Band), Adam Brisbin (Cantina, Buck Meek), Peter Moffett, Cory Todd (No Axiom, Drama Section), Will Graefe (Star Rover, Okkervil River) on lead guitar.
Birnbaum is also a full time member of the Ethiopian pop ensemble Debo Band, whose Sub Pop debut was one of NPR's 50 best albums of 2012. He was the ISLAND Hill House Artist-in-residence for February 2014, and a Wildacres Artist-in-residence in spring 2015.