UK folk singer-songwriter Serious Sam Barrett is set to release his new LP, The Seeds Of Love, on September 16 via YaDig? Records.
Sam explains the album’s inspiration, “A year or so ago my wife came home with a book published by the English Folk Music and Dance Society called ‘The Seeds of Love.’ I was immediately taken with how beautiful the book was and a large part of this record is comprised of songs from the book. In a lot of cases, I was new to the songs and I simply read the verses from the page and waited for a melody to come to me that I thought fit the words. For some, I already knew the song and decided to play it straight with the traditional melody. For some time, I’ve wanted to make a record with a very traditional feel, a ‘proper folk record’ and this book really helped that along. One way or another all the songs on this record are songs of love, be it tragic, misguided, unrequited, or true.”
From Yorkshire, Serious Sam Barrett plays honest, heartfelt, original, and traditional songs on a 12-string guitar and banjo.
Encompassing 10-tracks, highlights on The Seeds Of Love include “Valentine’s Day,” traveling on delicious bluegrass colors topped by Sam’s scrummy, slightly nasal voice, imbuing the lyrics with old-school folk savors.
“Every Night Has An Ending,” sung a cappella, allows Sam to offer a beautiful song full of passion and poignancy. While “The Recruited Collier” conjures up memories of early Bob Dylan singing with English brogue. Slow and nostalgic, the tune trembles with tantalizing, simple colors.
“Blow Away The Morning Dew” features an upbeat melody, while Sam narrates a buoyant tale of love. A personal favorite, another a cappella song, “On An April Morning” provides charming folk timbres under exquisite lilting control.
With The Seeds Of Love, Serious Sam Barrett has produced a treasure house of bewitching old-fashioned songs capped by his yummy, twangy voice.