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Sama Dams, Kelli Schaefer, Pool Boys


Mississippi Studios North
Thurs April 5, 2018, 9 pm 21+


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Recommended by Ben Salmon

On their new album Say It, Portland trio Sama Dams shifts slightly away from the intimate, fidgety synth-pop of its last album, 2016’s Comfort in Doubt, in favor of a fuller, more dramatic, less claustrophobic sound. Songs like “Pockets” bring Lisa Adams’ voice to the forefront, allowing her to drape a pop melody across plucked strings and zigzag rhythms, while “Driving By” and the title track give Sam Adams room to showcase his R&B-influenced vocal style. The common thread throughout Say It—indeed, the sound that makes the album such an addictive listen—is the interesting use of keyboards and synth, often distorted in some way. These tones sometimes feel grimy and sometimes bulbous, occasionally retro and often futuristic; they slither and flutter through the songs like a living, breathing being. Say It is an endlessly fascinating sonic concoction, and a confident step forward for Sama Dams.

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3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227

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  • Thurs April 5, 2018, 9 pm