London based songsmith and former Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ Sam Brookes is still one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets. His acclaimed 2014 album Kairos was tipped by The Independent for a Mercury Prize nomination, and received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. With over 5 million plays on Spotify, it is fair to say that those who know his music, love his music, and those who don’t, are about to.
Brookes’ new single My Girls Drinks Coffee, his first for over two years, marks an exciting shift in the Sam Brookes sound. Already well known as an idiosyncratic singer-songwriter, Sam challenged himself to expand his sonic pallet, spending a few years out the game gigging and experimenting with new material. The end result is an immediate and ethereal work of chic melancholy, built on synthesised textures that devilishly underpin his soaring signature vocal. Now Sam’s new sound world is as evocative of Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem or Grimes as it is the obvious titans of influence for any British troubadour.
This is a song inspired by the break-up of a relationship. Beautiful in its simplicity, the hypnotic repetition of the eponymous chorus lyrics ‘My girl drinks coffee without me’ aches on the absence of simple habits as ordinary as sharing a morning coffee with a loved one. Sam admits “after a break-up it’s easy to feel like you are missing a part of yourself. On top of that you are left thinking “who might that person be sharing a coffee with instead of me?”
Jointly produced by Grammy nominated Dom Monks (Ray Lamontagne, Laura Marling and Katie Melua) and Berlin based ex-pat Greg Freeman (Goldfrapp, Portico, Mumford & Sons), the track was arranged and recorded on a trip to a remote boathouse on the Isle of Skye and completed at Guy Chamber’s Sleeper Sounds studio in London, where the production duo truly realised Sam’s dark but dancey vision.
The new single Coffee, marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Sam Brookes, with more new music on its way and extensive touring in sight for 2017.
TOUR DATES 2017
|Mon 24th||The Hope & Ruin Brighton|
|Tue 25th||The Borderline London|
|Wed 26th||Zephyr Lounge Leamington Spa|
|Thu 27th||Band On The Wall Manchester|
|Fri 28th||Ramsgate Music Hall Ramsgate|
|Sun 30th||Mama Roux’s Birmingham|
|Tue 2nd||Gwdihw Café Bar Cardiff|
|Wed 3rd||Thekla Bristol|
|Fri 5th||The Cluny Newcastle|
|Sat 6th||The Hug and Pint Glasgow|
|Sun 7th||The Crescent York|
|Mon 8th||The Cellar Oxford|
|Tue 9th||The Portland Arms Cambridge|
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