The latest signing to the acclaimed Tompkins Square label, Sam Burton is a Palestinian American songwriter, born and raised in Salt Lake City. Discovering an old guitar in his parents house, Sam taught himself to play in secret, in the hours between finishing school and his parents getting home. After re-locating to Los Angeles, Sam began to pursue his music, sharing songs on self-released cassettes and becoming a member of Jess Williamson’s touring band. After meeting acclaimed producer Jarvis Tavernier, Sam set about recording his debut album, I Can Go With You, which will arrive into the world at the end of next month.
Ahead of that release, this week Sam has shared his latest single, I Am No Moon. Discussing the track, Sam has suggested I Am No Moon is about, “the inevitability of change, how we must make a choice when we are confronted by it…we cannot remain in reflection”. Musically, I Am No Moon is a gorgeous slice of wistful folk, with Sam’s rich vocal-tone accompanied by propulsive acoustic-guitar, and waves of strings recalling Nick Drake or Fionn Regan. There’s a lushness to the production and an honesty to the vocal here that marks Sam Burton out from the crowds of singer-songwriters, on this evidence, I Can Go With You could be a very special debut.
FTR: For those who don’t know who is Sam Burton?
In this context I’m somebody promoting his record.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
I remember the amount of confidence I possessed had no relation to my musical ability whatsoever. I remember the friendships I made.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
I don’t know why I make music, I just feel compelled to do so. I work with other forms as well. To me they are all the same thing.
FTR: What can people expect from the Sam Burton live show?
Right now they can expect it’ll look a lot like watching Netflix.
FTR: What’s next for Sam Burton?
I think I’ll try to use this time to focus on writing and living well. Thanks for featuring me and I hope you all are healthy and safe.
They Listen To…
The Fall – I Am Damo Suzuki
Tom Rapp – Harding Street
Lou Reed – Families
Big Star – Dream Lover
Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains