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Upcoming shows: Spencer Krug... Solo Collective... Jesse Malin... The Sheepdogs... Jeffrey Lewis... Lawrence Arabia... Gratis #1: Gaygirl... Justin Townes Earle... The Burning Hell... The Stroppies... The Catenary Wires... The Beths... Deerhoof... Mark Mulcahy... The Album Leaf... Jesca Hoop... Chance McCoy... Peggy Sue... Gratis #2: Dumb... Robyn Hitchcock... Samana... Francis Lung... The Delines... BC Camplight... Sean Rowe...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 24 October 2019
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Samana for the first time!

Samana was realised in the heart of an Austrian forest surrounding a secret lake 3,000 meters above sea level, during a journey the pair undertook across the natural wildernesses and distant cities of Europe; unaware of when they would return or where the road would take them. The name Samana provides an insight into the many conceptual layers that make up the band. As an ancient Sanskrit term, it speaks of one ‘who abandons the conventional obligations of social life in order to find a way of life more in tune with the ways of nature’.

Between themselves, Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett are multi-disciplinary artists. Franklin crafts the instrumentation, recording and production of the music to tape, while Rebecca Rose is the visionary behind the conceptual imagery, artwork, lyrics and film. The process by which all works are recorded is of great importance to Samana, who compose their art in their analogue recording studio and darkroom in the remote mountains of Wales.

Samana’s music offers a direct passage into the essence of ourselves, removing ones veneer, with threads of poetical sincerity, emotional honesty and direct openness. Each song is written with its own distinct weight and significance, born from the interpretation of dreams, the philosophies of ancient rituals and personal experience of love, loss and death. Through their rare and honest appreciation of dichotomy, their music emerges almost hauntingly, to lead us into the realms of the unassociated and unknown.

‘Laced with eerie, mystical atmosphere, alongside a plain-stated-gift for songwriting, Samana’s songs make for a strikingly distinct trip; one that you’ll be following with dedicated concentrations all the way through’ – GoldFlakePaint

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