September 27, 2012, 4:34 pm
The new album, Long Lost Love" is truly a solo-effort for Sam. Poetic and shimmering with a multitude of sounds and ideas. Catch the Al's Den residency
at the Crystal Hotel now though Saturday night.
Sam's new album is fascinating. It's really a solo effort, as in one-man-band. Old-timey, poetic, quirky little songs populate this album. My favorite thing might be the interludes that sneak in between the songs.
Enjoy our conversation below. And check out two unplugged songs from Sam and Jake Maynard.
After several years as a member of three nationally-acclaimed bands - Horse Feathers, Jared Mees and Sean Flinn - musician Sam Cooper has gone rogue, channeling his multi-instrumentalism into a truly solo album titled, "Long Lost Love". Like a prism breaking a beam of white light into its multitudinous parts, his poetic, metaphorically-dense songs unwind on the album with complex layers of self-harmony backed by himself on a dozen multi-tracked instruments, with assistance from drummer Nick Werth. His mastery takes the phrase "multi-instrumentalist" to impressive excess: guitars, piano, violin, accordion, banjo, bass, organ, mandolin and even the charango (a kind of Andean lute). Oh, and he sings, too.