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Emily Wells

Two nights with the amazing producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/generally all around greatness

Emily Wells

Sama Dams

Sun, March 19

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Emily Wells
Emily Wells
As a follow up to her critically acclaimed album “Promise”, composer / producer / performer Emily Wells will release an EP of B sides and studio recorded live arrangements March 3, 2017. With a belief in the sovereignty of melody to hold a song to itself, Wells consistently bends and re-renders her original works to almost entirely new forms in her live performances. Not wanting her months of touring to fall entirely to the ephemeral Wells has recorded a few of the arrangements in their new forms. In addition there are also a few unreleased compositions. She will tour in support of the EP in select US and European cities.
Praise for Wells' latest full length "Promise" + Live performances :
• “Quietly transfixing…Ms. Wells works in the manner of what Walt Whitman called “a noiseless, patient spider,” sending out filament after filament until a structure begins to form.” –NEW YORK TIMES
•"The shape-shifting string virtuoso ignores genre boundaries while conjuring a uniquely affecting session of atmospheric folk..." - RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
• “Extraordinary, presenting a sort of ambient gospel-folk music that’s immersed in secular desires and experiences.” – NPR
• "...unconventional and rather moving.." - NOISEY
• “‘Promise’ is a record like few others – both tangible and smoky, guttural and delicate, it treads atop a thin sheet of ice throughout, yet remains unafraid to bask in the warmth of its creator.” – DIY

Sama Dams
Sama Dams
Sama Dams may have started as an internal exploration for frontman Sam Adams to challenge his traditional music education with avant-garde compositions and unexpected instrumentations, but the now three-piece has built the band into a beast of its own. Since 2014’s “Comfort in Doubt” release, the band has been writing more collaboratively, and Sam has been joined by frontwoman Lisa Adams. While Sam's storytelling is more subdued, depicting the kind of bruised idealism that fractures from one moment to the next, Lisa's songwriting inhabits a more confident Annie Clark-like approach to darkness, often gleefully taking the predator's role in her narratives.

In this evolution since the band’s first EP in 2011, the dynamic has become more experimental and complex with each release. You’ll hear Wurlitzer electric organ playing an active role in their sound, but the multi-instrumentalists will often highlight this with a passionate guitar riff, distorted bass, dirty synth or bright ukulele. Alongside, drummer and percussionist Chris Hermsen employs electric drum techniques playing acoustic drums, pulling inspiration from James Blake or Ian Chang.

Overall, the trio’s brilliance is the vital interdependency between the vocals and the music; in each song, they create an energy which builds slowly from a hum to a howl, that lingers even in the silence.