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Press Reviews for I See The Sign

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 on a handful of albums and collaborations, he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score. To his considerable credit, he never sounds quite as academic as that description might suggest, but these combinations sound startling on "How Come that Blood", from his upcoming album, I See the Sign. The song is based on a traditional number about a man who murders his brother, confesses to his mother, then flees the country. The antiquated syntax and inverted sentences sound odd against the prismatic backing arrangement by Shahzad Ismaily and Nico Muhly, yet the string plucks, snare brushes, wandering bass line, and fiddle swirls coalesce into a tense, pulsing backdrop that reinforces the urgency of the story. The instruments are the murderer's synapses firing as he devises his escape, and if Amidon's vocals sound laconically calm, he's just trying to keep his cool as he waits for his sins to begin haunting him.  

Stephen M. Deusner

Pitchfork (January 6th 2010)

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I See The Sign
Released on 19 April 2010
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