It’s nearly two years since I first wrote about the prodigiously talented Sam Eagle, and only around 10 months since I first caught him live backed by the musically gifted The Lemon Lizards on a cold December Sunday at the Amersham Arms in South East London. And what a 10 months it has been.
Still just 19 his jazzy take on indie caught the attention of 6Music’s Tom Robinson who by the power of twitter alerted fellow champions of new music such as Radio X’s John Kennedy. That sort of attention led to Sam being signed to End of The Trail Records, live sessions for both Tom Robinson and John Kennedy, a slot at The Great Escape (so good I saw him twice) as well as a captivating performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s Latitude Festival.
“The Things You Taught Me” is Sam’s new single, for which he released a self directed video this weekend, filmed on a gloriously sunny day, in contrast to the pouring rain as I type. It’s a compelling jumble of rhythms, horns and a vocal that’s half sung, half spoken that put me in mind of some of David Sylvian’s early solo work (“Red Guitar” could be a distant cousin).
For those looking to check out his live performance there’s not long to wait with Sam playing Dalston’s Servant Jazz Quarters on 7 November.
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