SAMANTHA CRAIN

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Full Time Hobby This 27-year-old singer-song­writer with a coun­try/folk/rock bent cre­ated a splash ear­lier in 2014 with Kid Face, which was her first al­bum to be re­leased in Europe. These ear­lier ef­forts are now avail­able in time for the Oklahoman’s forth­com­ing Euro­pean tour. (Crain plays Róisín Dubh in Galway and Whelan’s in Dublin on July 23rd and 24th). The Con­fis­ca­tion (2008) is an EP of ner­vous prom­ise and youth­ful lyri­cal pom­pos­ity. The more ma­ture Songs in the Night (2009), recorded with The Mid­night Shiv­ers, has a warm sham­bolic in­ten­sity to it, show­ing off Crain’s soul­ful voice in a band set­ting. She was back solo for You (Un­der­stood) (2010), which is both more am­bi­tious and per­sonal but un­even in its de­pic­tion of ro­man­tic tur­moil. For those se­duced by Kid Face, there’s much to savour. saman­thacrain.com Down­load: I’ve Been in the Storm Too Long, Songs in the Night

THE NEW­TON BROTH­ERS

Varese Sara­bande The New­ton Broth­ers (The Pawn Shop Chron­i­cles, De­tach­ment) ce­ment their grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as sound­track­ers with the ex­tremely ef­fec­tive score to this low-budget hor­ror film. The brood­ing strings, chro­matic elec­tron­ica and driv­ing pulse builds a per­va­sive at­mos­phere of men­ace and un­ease. The score is in­creas­ingly dis­rupted with sud­den jolts of abrupt and ag­gres­sive per­cus­sion, which am­plify rather than di­min­ish its un­der­ly­ing in­ten­si­ties of sad­ness and loss. Andy and Tay­lor New­ton’s dy­namic com­bi­na­tion of sim­ple melodic frag­ments, aleatory noise (bro­ken glass, metal scrapes) and a solemn choir grad­u­ally in­ject the se­ri­ously spooky Ocu­lus with nerve-shred­ding sus­pense and skin-crawl­ing dread. vare­sesara­bande.com Down­load: The Auc­tion, Ocu­lus, This Isn’t Real

Film re­viewed, page 12

You (Un­der­stood)/Songs in the Night/The Con­fis­ca­tion

Ocu­lus

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