Today Samia shares the playfully brazen video for 'Mad At Me', the irresistible second single off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Honey, set for release on January 27th, 2023 via Grand Jury Music. The video was directed by Samia and Muriel Knudson.
Showcasing Samia’s trademark courage-via-paradoxical-display-of-vulnerability, and an unabashedly bubblegum melody, 'Mad At Me' was co-written with Rostam, features Papa MBye.
According to Samia: "The lyrics for ‘Mad At Me’ came from a poem I’d written about imagining what it’d be like to stop caring about what anyone was thinking. I was cosplaying a position that I haven’t experienced - which is of literally any confidence in my point of view. In the video we tried to embody that character - a bunch of girls having a good time in spite of it all. It is a big lie,” she admits, going on to say: “I wrote it with Rostam Batmanglij on the day we met. Such an honor to have Papa Mbye on it!!"
Samia performed two triumphant weekends at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival, which she is currently following with UK tour dates that just kicked-off supporting Maggie Rogers that continue through mid-November, along with a Sold-Out headline date at London’s XOYO, and an appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival London. Samia also has headline dates in North America that begin in February 2023 just following the album’s release.
'Mad At Me' follows lead single 'Kill Her Freak Out', the spare, unflinching album opener that was shared in September with the album’s announcement, accompanied by a video starring Academy Award-nominated actor Lucas Hedges, and met with critical acclaim:
There’s a line on Honey, the upcoming album from Nashville-via-NYC songwriter Samia, about Aspen Grove, a collection of 40,000 trees in the plains of North America, all connected by a single expansive root system. There’s no stronger metaphor for the audience the 25-year-old empathy engine has been generating since she began releasing music seven years ago. Her songs, her fans, her friends: one enormous, interconnected ecosystem.
Honey, comprised of eleven new moments of catharsis, is by and for that organism. The album was recorded at North Carolina studio Betty’s –- owned and operated by Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sandborn and Amelia Meath, frequent touring partners of Samia’s. It was produced by Caleb Wright, part of the team that helmed The Baby, Samia’s “excellent 2020 debut” (Pitchfork), and a founding member of one of Samia’s favorite bands, The Happy Children. It features some of her nearest and dearest friends: Christian Lee Hutson, Briston Maroney, Jake Luppen, Raffaella. Its songs were surreptitiously road tested for her devotees while opening for Lucy Dacus, Courtney Barnett, and more.
Samia shares the following about 'Honey': “This record is about learning to see the love around you. Sometimes the only thing I can be certain of is the way it feels. Even when I zoom all the way out, the little things matter the most. I was trying to imagine looking back at the end of life and what I'd have to say about it right now. This is a little bit of it. Telling stories, making amends, trying to show people I love them. It's a community record - I made it with Caleb Wright and our friends in the woods in North Carolina.”
The album has two different sequences - one for continuous play on digital & CD and one for a side break listening experience on vinyl and cassette. The vinyl features its own unique mix and master tailored to the LP experience, while the album will also be available on Apple Music & other retailers in Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio. Limited edition copies of the vinyl purchased at indie retail feature an exclusive flexid
isc of Samia covering The Yeah Yeah Yeah's 'Maps', while deluxe edition copies purchased from her webstore or Bandcamp feature an exclusive flexidisc of Samia covering 'Country' by Porches.
Watch the video for previous single 'Kill Her Freak Out' directed by Samia & Muriel Margaret ft. Lucas Hedges HERE
Pre-order and pre-save Samia's new album 'Honey' here.