Sam Amidon, 'I See the Sign' (Bedroom Community)

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I See the Sign
Critical Mass
Label: Bedroom Community

by David Menconi

It's been more than a decade since Moby reinvented vintage field recordings as space-age nightclub blues. Sam Amidon works similarly quirky alchemy here,reinventing public-domain songs (plus one modern-day ringer) as rustic mood music for watching distant super-novas explode. But the results have noneof the musty aftertaste such a description implies, contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents. The one contemporary song, R. Kelly's "Relief," fits perfectly alongside oldies from the Georgia Sea Island Singers, even sounding a prayerful note.

LISTEN: Sam Amidon, "How Come That Blood"

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