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MP3 Sam Friend - Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan

"His sweet, mellow tracks have won us over. Highly recommended for fans of Stars, Kings of Convenience, Coldplay, etc." Sweat Records - Miami, FL.

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Sam Friend - Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan
by: Marcos Colon
published 3/7/08

Miami’s independent music scene doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It may not be as robust as the scene in other cities like New York, Los Angeles or Seattle, but there’s still noise being made here that everyone should take note of. That’s why the Junkies will now be providing all with a weekly local EP or album from Magic City natives.

First up to bat is Sam Friend, a graduate from the University of Miami who’s trying to make a name for himself not only in Miami, but also on the West Coast as he goes on tour with Emily Westman, another notable UM music grad.

Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan includes six tracks that carry an array of punchy lyrics, strummy guitar riffs and Friend’s warm and inviting voice. The opening track, Mister Huggins, is by far the principal track of this album. The song is an overall achievement both lyrically and instrumentally. The perfect balance on the build-up to the chorus has Friend crooning to orchestral violins, bluesy guitar sections and playful chimes. Other notable tracks include Left to Write and Blue for Summer, songs that also carry mid-tempo heavy harmonies and are a gift to the ears on a long drive home.

The album could use a bit more consistency. Songs like "Smile for the Camera" and "Confines" are decent, but don’t seem to follow the same formula as the other tracks. Regardless, this is a strong first effort that should serve as quite the steppingstone for stardom.

Comparable to Ben Kweller and Sondre Lerche in some aspects, Friend seems to get it. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when he heads back East. Could his tour out West catapult him? Either way, Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan should be seen as a good first draft. Whatever Friend records next will definitely be a more polished and seasoned hit.



Band of the hour: Sam Friend
by Vanessa Garcia

Born and bred in what he calls “Unincorporated Dade County” (meaning Kendall and Pinecrest), singer/songwriter Sam Friend is quickly making a name for his young self among Miami music junkies. He and his eponymous band, which also includes Emily Westman (keys, percussion, vocals), Ashley Miller (flute, vocals), Ben Lindell (bass), Josh Sheinman (guitar), released an EP titled Sam Friend in the summer of 2007. Recently, they just completed their first album (which Friend says isn’t really an “album,” but more on that later). During the day, the University of Miami School of Music grad (he studied jazz) teaches music to elementary school kids in Little Haiti, letting loose come sunset at consistent gigs around Miami. Friend, whose manner is a mix between The Little Prince and Art Garfunkel, has something to sing and say, and is slowly, surely coming into a voice of his own.

https://www.tradebit.com: A lot of people consider you a folk musician, do you agree?
Sam Friend: I don’t think what I’m writing is focused enough to make me a “folk writer." Folk writers tell a story, mine aren’t actual stories but stories fabricated out of stories. Memory can transform an event and expand the limits of perspective. When I write, I have an idea in mind and then I circle around that main idea, but always, in my mind, I’m focusing on that idea.

Like what?
My songs are about growing up in a world that honestly hasn’t been defined historically yet, but the songs are a reaction to it [anyway]. They’re also about a nostalgia for a time my generation didn’t get to experience [see lyrics to “Mr Huggins”: This place I’m in/ was built for other men/who’ve all grown old & I’m living in their shadows.]

Tell me about your new album.
It’s not really an “album.” It’s kind of like a self-sufficient work put together with the help of various engineers [laughs]. You don’t really need albums these days, anyone can download a song. It’s more about the shows now. Because sooner or later, kids figure out that with that [downloaded] song you can’t get that musical moment you get in live performance.

Okay, so what exactly is this self-sufficent-work-put-together-with-the-help-of-various-enginners?
It’s called Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan.

Why Daisy Buchanan?
From The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan is often seen as a negative character, but I don’t think she is. Everyone can identify with her sense of “chasing.” In a sense she’s an American ideal.

Live peformance-wise, what’s in the future for you?
The good and bad thing about Miami’s music scene is that although it’s growing useful and vibrant, it doesn’t feel like many people are watching, but this gives you room to grow and take risks. There’s this Leonard Cohen saying about making sure to make the wrong decisions, it’s like you have to take the wrong path even if it gets you to the right place, you have to define yourself before it gets defined for you, and music is my vehicle for that.


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A conscience minded young man, Sam has broken silence all over the world. Spending time studying music in the UK, he has performed his unique brand of atmospheric folk from London to his hometown of Miami. Having recently finished his album, "Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan", a breath of enthusiasm and new possibilities has begun to surround the young singer-songwriter. By fashioning a guitar, deep passion, and dedicated drive, Sam has carved a market in the Miami circuit, and a niche in the music realm.


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