- 17 Feb 22
Having focused on acoustic guitar-led folk-pop on 2017’s album Looking For The Fox, the new single sees Sam move his music into a more electronic direction akin to the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens.
Portuguese-Irish solo artist Sam Segurado has returned with new single ‘Overspace’, taken from his upcoming album The Remainder. Hot Press are delighted to premiere the homemade video for the moving track, which shines a light on a domestic apartment scene and highlights phone technology within relationships.
‘Overspace’ sees Sam blend elements of indie, alt-folk and electronic music all in a neat alt-pop package. Instrumentally comparable to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, the blend of guitars, muted beats, dappled electronics and deep sub bass creates a dreamy backdrop for Sam’s delicate, melancholic vocal delivery. Described by Segurado as a track about “Not giving up on love, even though you were almost ready to”, 'Overspace' is as moving as it is mature.
"Stephen Lovatt and I started The Remainder back in Summer 2018, but he ended up going through some mental health issues which then delayed things," Sam explains of the track's slightly tumultuous origins.
"I have a close family member with mental health problems, and I’m pretty adamant someone shouldn’t lose their job because of them, so I wanted to continue working with him without question. Stephen’s own struggle also reflected the theme of The Remainder: what’s left of us after going through hard times can be stronger than before.”
To ease off the pressure for Stephen in his recovery, and with his blessing, Sam set about finding another producer to work with. His first single since 2017 is vulnerable, and sets the pace of the upcoming album.
A chance encounter on the Bon Iver Subreddit led to a connection with Shane Becker of Indian Run. As Sam explains: “I only actually wrote 'Overspace' in late 2019 and brought it to Stephen the next spring. By then he was thankfully feeling better, so he helped streamline it and set us on the path of recording it. At some point we both agreed that it felt natural to bring Shane on board as well. The theme of the album is the strength which comes after turbulence, and I wanted the music video to reflect that, through the lens of a relationship.”
The heartfelt video feels natural and authentic, exploring the need for connection when things are falling apart between a real-life couple.
Having focused on acoustic guitar led folk-pop on 2017’s album Looking For The Fox - a collection of tracks written while cutting his teeth on the Dublin Open Mic scene - 'Overspace' sees Sam working with producers Stephen Lovatt and Shane Becker (AKA Indian Run). Now hitting heights with more experimental, multifaceted music, Sam is hoping to fully establish himself as one to watch.
The single sees Sam establish himself as a rising, breakout talent and as more than just a folk artist. 'Overspace' will land on streaming platforms tomorrow, February 18th.
Check out the DIY video for 'Overspace' below:
Photo Credit: Katya Rezvaya