Art Rock's Sama Dams Explore Emotional Truths With "Not Gonna Lie" (premiere)

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Sama Dams whip up the emotionally-charged "Not Gonna Lie" that goes the distance between art rock and garage rock.

Songwriters Sam and Lisa Adams are at the core of the group Sama Dams and have been leading the charge for a decade now, combining elements of jazz, R&B, new wave, and indie rock. Listeners may, at times, be reminded of Dirty Projectors or Thom Yorke, but the threads that run throughout the outfit's most recent LP, Say It, reveal something deeper and more complex at work.

"Not Gonna Lie", the latest cut issued by the outfit (from a three-song set issued 28 February), speaks directly to those more complex currents. Throbbing, growling lines of distortion and understated rhythms buoy a deeply emotional vocal performance from Sam Adams that propels the track to a climax that somehow bridges the distance between the grit and grime of garage rock and the high conceptualism of Krautrock.


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