Bedroom Community

I See The Sign

Catalog Number: HVALUR9

Released: April 19 2010

Buy CD €11.99 | Download €7 | LP €17.99

  1. How Come That Blood 
  2. Way Go Lily 
  3. You Better Mind
  4. I See The Sign
  5. Johanna The Row-di
  6. Pretty Fair Damsel
  7. Kedron
  8. Rain And Snow
  9. Climbing High Mountains
  10. Relief (R. Kelly)
  11. Red

The needle-drop fuzz that cues Sam Amidon’s fourth solo album of songs, I See The Sign, raises the curtain on a world of little theatres, foretelling of an aural gut-grip that is fully human and wholly natural. Amidon’s intuitive and often radical reworkings of age-old secular ballads, gospel, folk songs, and hymns render familiar characters new through his direction, vision, vocals, banjo, guitar, and stellar contributions from fellow musicians. Stylus Magazine raved that Amidon’s sophomore solo album, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted, was “the most interesting folk album of 2007.” In 2008, Bedroom Community debuted his third album, All Is Well, which garnered media enthusiasm as a “a goose-bump-manufacturing sonic pièce de résistance” (CMJ New Music Monthly).

I See The Sign sets the stage for Amidon’s second Bedroom Community release to showcase deft attention to songcraft and collaboration. Where All Is Well foregrounded voice and strings to share tales of human endurance, I See The Sign is a carefully constructed battle and balance of musical sensibilities surveying the psychological extremes of existence.

What the press says

 Sam Amidon sees no difference between a 19th-century folk ballad and a 21st-century avant-garde instrumental suite. In bridging the very old and the very new... he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score  

Stephen M. Deusner — Pitchfork (January 6th 2010) Read all reviews

"Sam Amidon reinvents public-domain songs (plus one modern-day ringer) as rustic mood music for watching distant super-novas explode. But the results have none of the musty aftertaste such a description implies, contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents."

Spin Magazine (March 2nd 2010) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“The combination of artists on this album deliver such an intense experience and I can’t help but be fascinated by it all. I’m quite in awe to be honest, and I use such words very sparingly when I talk about music. This is certainly his best work to date.”

Folk Radio (March 17th 2010) Read all reviews

 Amidon - with Sigurdsson, Muhly, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and on Beth Orton - brings a heightened reality and off-register colour to these black-and-white broadsides.  

Andrew Male — MOJO (March 18th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

[These performances] are passively beautiful, combed-over, thought-out, and then re-remembered fondly, wistfully... Yet that passivity is the key to the earnest openness that makes Amidon’s new album transcend.

Dan Weiss — Crawdaddy Magazine (March 18th 2010) Read all reviews

 I’ll keep it short, because the more time you spend reading this, the less time you have to listen to Sam Amidon’s new album, I See The Sign, and it would really be a shame if you didn’t spend the next occasion you find yourself alone in the company of these friendly, forgiving, firelit songs.  


Lauren Strain — Drownedinsound (April 19th 2010) ★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 Two and a Half Questions with Sam Amidon  


Josh Atkin — Headphonecommute ITV (April 20th 2010) ★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 Sam Amidon’s music is bigger and better than any retrospective reworkings. For this is contemporary music, providing an outlet for forgotten sounds and breathing oxygen into new creations.  


Josh Atkin — HeadphoneCommute (April 20th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

 I See the Sign ... his interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) these songs existed before—all that matters is how they exist now.  


Amanda Petrusich — Pitchfork (April 21st 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

...Amidon’s instincts and talents as a musical conservationist, interpreter, and reanimator are to be wholly trusted and cherished.

All Music (May 30th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

“this IS an epochal masterpiece – placing it side by side with the finest albums of the last four decades”

Massimo Ricci — Touching Extremes (June 28th 2010) Read all reviews

As with ‘All Is Well’, there are arrangements here that take your breath away…....this album is another complete success for the most interesting and promising folk musician in North America today

Ian Mathers — PopMatters (December 17th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★ Read all reviews

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