Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint

by Samantha Glass

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Enigmatic Austin based producer/starlet Samantha Glass untangles their serpentine mind on the ambitious new full length Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint out October 12, 2018. Since 2010, Beau Devereaux has chronicled their romantic and turbulent process of self-identification as Samantha Glass through the use of electronics, field recordings and a seductive, baritone voice. Abstract soundscapes rise and fall around addictively brooding ballads and introspective monologues as Glass deconstructs themself beneath the weight of their poetry and lyrics. Nine Memories Between Impression and Imprint unveils an allure through vulnerability, elegantly depicting the endless audition of becoming Samantha Glass.

Devereaux came from rural beginnings in the countryside of Wisconsin before spending most of their adult life engrossed in Madison’s noise, power violence and punk DIY scenes. They sought to create a balanced form of art representative of their ever fluid sexuality and gender identity while incorporating elements of dark wave, musique concrète and New Age music. Samantha Glass evolved into an outlet for drag-based performance art coupled with drum machines, cassette loops and down-tempo crooning. Through years of touring and a prolific discography, Glass came to be known beyond the Midwest as one of the most dense and multi-layered projects amongst experimental music spheres. This exploratory essence gives Glass a broad crossover appeal as they dive into new territory with each successive release. Narrating a uniquely nuanced perspective on life and art, Glass richly crafts each composition around deeply rooted biographical and contemporary themes, encapsulating a haunting and captivating portrayal of an elaborately creative mind.

Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint is Devereaux’s culminating effort to define Samantha Glass thus far. At times delicately wistful and intensely personal, Glass’ emotional tenor is matched by the ingenuity and creativity given to the recording process. Self-produced at home, this album embraces experimentation as an elemental part of the writing process. Underwater contact mic recordings share a place alongside warm analog synthesizers as Glass consistently finds ways to incorporate fresh sounds with unorthodox methods of composition. “Putting the Male to Rest (Pt. 2)” and “From Behind Our Wings” construct lucid ambient collages out of a vague mixture of samples and live electronics, featuring an illusory feminine voice speaking on behalf of Glass. The songs “Cruel Anxiety” and “The Carpenter in Us All” are catchy, beat-driven highlights of cathartic energy that propel the album forward with hypnotic vocals and crushing lyrics. The duality of male to female, spoken to sung and atonal to melodic echoes throughout the albums eight tracks, allowing for satisfying repeat listens and personal connections that go beyond the obvious aesthetics.

Samantha Glass reaches deep within themself to manifest a truly inspiring work of permanence. Nine Memories Between Impression & Imprint surpasses the expectations of long-time fans and recruits the faith of new audiences as Glass reverently embodies an enticing blend of outsider art.

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released October 12, 2018

Recorded in Wisconsin between 2015 - 2017
Field Recording Locations: Upper Peninsula Michigan, California, South Dakota, Wisconsin, New York and Illinois

All lyrics written by Beau Devereaux except for Part 2 of "Putting the Male to Rest"which is taken from the novel Suicide by Édouard Levé

Mastered by Colin Gorman Weiland
Cover Photograph by Lori Lynn Devereaux

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Track Name: Dancing Against Reality
Always an angel
Always a dancer
Always an angel dancing against reality
Track Name: Carriers of the Wind
Any idea where we can, fight and win and fear it all
Greetings from the end, in our nerves
We might lose, but we know the world loses more everyday
Our breath is its second to last
Shining bright for us to see, and hiding away for us to feel
Then moving slow for us to hear;
An insight of scent on its neck
A barrier of truth on its skin
Right towards the end we could be
Anything will do, can we be carriers of the wind

Any idea where we can fight and win and fear it all
Greetings from the end, in our nerves
We might lose, but we know the world loses more everyday
Our breath is its second to last
Shining bright for us to see, and hiding away for us to feel
Track Name: Putting the Male to Rest, Parts 1 & 2
Pt.1
The spellbound nights to remind each one of us;
That everyone feels the need to lie again
Images of the rope that could hang us high;
How can we climb without care and live again?
A hand full of flowers

Pt.2
When you were awake, stretched out in your bed in the dark, shutters drawn, your
thoughts would flow freely.
They would grow obscure when you got up and opened the curtains
The violence of daylight would efface the nocturnal clarity
In the daytime, people were barriers, dividing you up, preventing you from hearing
what you listened to at night: the voice of your brain.
Track Name: Cruel Anxiety
Anyone can be anxious or cruel
They see the highlight of the sky in their eyes
It’s a moment held direct, direct through time
Like the drive through your city, it then reminds us why

When will be together and free?
Someone to call
When will our thoughts move free through the night?
Someone to hold
When will be together and free?
Someone to call
When will our thoughts move free through the night?
So little hope

Anyone can be anxious or cruel
They see the highlight of the sky in their eyes
It’s a moment held direct, direct through time
Like the drive through your city, it then reminds us why
There’s reasons we fall and reasons we know, that anything we do we’re lost
through it all
Track Name: From Behind Our Wings
Finding yourself ready to move on was realistic, and with the first step forward
came a sudden retreat alongside a heavy rush of thoughts;
Thoughts to paralyze even the most levelheaded
Feeling the transition would prove once again, that we too have leaves that change
colors;
The moment those leaves fall, you would ask yourself:
Could an expression be carved properly?
Could a carving be expressed justly?
Questions as such remind me of the distant gaze Twiggs had upon the pasture she
ate from;
Her gaze was one that had questions
Questions that would never need rebuttal

Entering the field, my mind would always wander, dreaming through the sight that
it gathered
Proving once again I was ready to be, what’s underneath me
I was ready to be, what’s underneath me
Track Name: Addicted to Sweating
High heels at the edge of my bedpost
Close the blinds make me feel like your animal
Take the rope tie me up, I’ll feel for you
Lost in your world through interest and obsession
Tell me more stories of sweat and desire
We wont leave we’ll stay till the morning

Anything I’d ask of you, you would do for me
Anything you’d ask of me, I would do for you
Everything I ask in the right way
Everything you ask in the right way
Track Name: Discreet & Perfect for Travel
Waiting in the room below, attempting recipes from the book of self-destruction
Tasting the flavors that turned against themselves
Finding a low lit disaster in the back of your mind
Hiding vision from your eyes and thoughts from your ears
One last shout down the hallway in the best of ways
Layouts for the end, and layouts for the start
Track Name: The Carpenter in Us All
You take the line, right from my heart and you call it the long road.
Distance at first, in the sign of the way, that you called it the long road.

He’s in the right, I’m in the wrong & he cares for everyone
She’s in the right, I’m in the wrong & she cares for everyone
They’re in the right, I’m in the wrong & they care for everyone
Finding a way to tell you, that I care for no one

You take the line, right from my heart and you call it the long road.
Distant at first in the sign of the way, that you called it the long road.

He’s in the right, I’m in the wrong & he cares for everyone
She’s in the right, I’m in the wrong & she cares for everyone
They’re in the right, I’m in the wrong & they care for everyone
Finding a way to tell you, that I care for no one

The look in your eyes, and the beating of your heart
You called it the long road
The look in your eyes, and the beating of your heart
You called it the long road

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