Double A-Side from Samantha Whates. Trees & Gold/Icicle was recorded with the wonderful James McArthur and the Head Gardeners and released on Chris Coco's imprint; and the two tracks from the Boatswain's Manual were recorded with MG Boulter.
Samantha Whates is one of those rare artists that ignites little bonfires beneath your ribs and sings you something about yourself while the fire burns. A voice so warm and pure you’d be forgiven for thinking you were out in the wind wrapped up in merino wool and drowning in chocolate. For fans of acts like First Aid Kit, Nina Nastasia, Laura Viers and Susanna And The Magical Orchestra, Samatha is a lost piece of the jigsaw. She writes songs in a way that is precisely hers: Musically moving where she wants to go whenever she feels like it, and sometimes never coming back; while all the time lyrically drawing you a map and walking along beside you through her story.
Live, she has that knack of tying a squadron of helium balloons to the more serious songs by being so irrepressible and likeable in the moments between them. You won’t be the first to leave the show feeling like you just met your new best friend.Always in demand to guest on records (she recently featured again on Blue Rose Code’s latest release) she was also asked to record the vocal for the Barclays Premier League YouAreFootball TV and online advertising campaign - winning Best Bespoke Music in Advertising at the 2013 Shots Awards.