Bring Us to New Islands

by Sam Rae

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rspyder This is my favourite album for 2019. It's a true gem on so many levels. First, Sam's voice is ethereal and unique, Second the lyrics she writes are, in a word, meaningful. The production value of this bum is also impressive. It's always nice to find an artist who cares about recording quality. Favorite track: It's Alright, It's OK.
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With elements of an improvisational past sprinkled throughout the album, ‘Bring Us to New Islands’ devours Sam Rae’s previous musical identity as an artist of impermanent sounds on the cello. In this freshly arranged work Sam Rae hones in on the dance between intimacy stirred up from the past & spontaneity influenced by the present. In the midst of such a potion she invites her shadows to mingle with the pleasantness of sound. These songs represent a love history from child to adult, one that she channels eloquently as a shapeshifting kind of story.


released April 21, 2017

Produced by Mark Venezia and Sam Rae
Recorded and Mixed by Mark Venezia at Wind Over the Earth
Additional Engineering by Jesse Zimmerman and Jim Wilson
Mastered by Jim Wilson Mastering
All Songs Copyright Samantha Rae Sidwell 2017

Art Direction by Sam Rae
Cover Photo by Catherine Elizabeth Crutchfield
Insert Photo by Art Heffron
Graphic Design by Carl Bender


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Sam Rae Iowa City, Iowa

Sam Rae captures the euphoria of the cello through live improvisation, exploring music as a way to interact and react in the moment. She reveals the process of creation to her audience by shaping intricate layers with her loop pedal adding deep harmonies and playful melodies to create a unique language of cello. ... more

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