Hailing from Pomona, a place he describes as, “a desert outside Los Angeles”, Cellophane Sam is the musical pseudonym of a songwriter called Brian. Following the release of his well received debut EP, Desire, back in 2017, Cellophane Sam has recently shared a brand new single, The Gang’s All Here.
The Gang’s All Here is a track about the self’s tendency to leave the moment and be lured into thoughts and emotions of the past. Musically, it’s a stunning example of the Cellophane Sam sound, a gentle ticking of rhythmic guitar propels the song forward as maudlin piano and waves of beautifully arranged strings swell and break beneath Brian’s rich, honeyed vocal tones. As he sings towards the songs end, “loneliness is a frame of mind it seems and its company are all friends of misery, as house guests go they’re all liars and they’re thieves, but as drinking friends they’re the only ones I need”, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to the new track from Kevin Morby or Father John Misty – and it sounds every bit as musically wonderful as well.
As of yet, details of the next longer Cellophane Sam release remain to be confirmed, although there’s talk of a new EP in the pipeline for 2018, on this evidence it’s a record to get very excited about.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Cellophane Sam?
I’m a songwriter and composer living in Los Angeles. I try and write about the most basic human conditions by boiling things down to a point where it’s true among all people. I don’t have much concern in entertaining people; the songs are intended to be helpful, for lack of better words, but that’s ultimately for the listener to decide.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
I’ve yet to perform any of these songs live. To be honest, I don’t have much interest in performing at the moment. I much more interested in writing. Not to mention, most of my songs would require 10 or more musicians which just isn’t feasible right now. With that being said, if I could get that put together, I would love to do that.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
It’s just my favorite thing to do. I love the act of composing, writing all the different parts, the way things interlock, the colors, textures and structure. There’s just something about the juxtaposition of sound and language that can create something really special and powerful. The process feels like alchemy and it has me totally captivated.
FTR: What’s next for Cellophane Sam?
I’m trying to really focus on expressing the tone of these songs better. They’re not as serious as I think most people interpret them. There’s this kind of tongue in cheek quality that’s difficult to express. The people that get it seem to really like it, but I think it’s still confusing to a lot of people. So I guess I’m going to just keep writing until I get good at it. I’ve been writing music for over a decade and it still feels like I just started.
They listen to…
Diane Cluck- Content to Reform
Diane Cluck is my favorite artist. Everything she writes is brilliant. I honestly can’t say enough good things about her.
Big Thief – Mythological Beauty
Big Thief is my favorite new band. Their last album “Capacity” was incredible. There’s something about the lyrics that are so raw. There’s so much heart, it’s inspiring.
Weyes Blood – Seven Words
Weyes Blood is another amazing new artist. I love her chord choices and melodies. Seeing her live blew my mind. Her voice fills a space unlike anyone I’ve heard before.
Andy Shauf – Wendell Walker
This demands your full attention, but it’s totally worth it. A friend forced me to pay attention to this and I’m so glad he did. Andy Shauf is a great storyteller and his sense of balance and dynamics are masterful. I listened to his last record “The Party” nonstop for awhile.
Townes Van Zandt – Lover’s Lullaby
This is one of my favorite songs ever. This song captures what it feels like to be in love.
The Gang’s All Here is out now. Click HERE for more information on Cellophane Sam.