Samson & Delilah Samson & Delilah
CD & download
Release date: 19th October 2009
Sam Lench and Anna Zweck are partners in life as
well as in song and the debut album under their creative nom de
plume Samson & Delilah has won great praise. From
transcendental drone-folk and room-silencing a capella to
uplifting songs of love across distance, the album tells the story
not of their relationship per se but rather of where their lives
intertwine. The band have opened for artists such as Three Daft
Monkeys, Horse Feathers and Mick Turner (Dirty Three).
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
"A snug, warm blanket of a record, it weaves sumptuous folk
arrangements with bucolic country-pop, stretching the nu-folk
template in exciting and dynamic ways on a par with contemporaries
like Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver."
GOD IS IN THE TV
"A band who can thread a range of European roots music together
and make it sound unmistakeably theirs... a wonderfully well-woven
"A wholly charming debut [that] has an inherent, beautiful sadness
"Genuinely outstanding songs and musicianship."
"A most beautiful album not scared to use passages of silence to
heighten the impact of the layers of guitars, strings, woodwind
and horns creating a coming together of classical and folk."
CHANNEL 4 PLANETSOUND
"Like James Yorkston at his rowdiest... shows much promise."
"A beautiful tapestry that's redolent of classic '70s folk-rock
WEARS THE TROUSERS
"Hauntingly sparse folk music... has a remarkable, bell-like
"Recalls Arcade Fire after a country-folk makeover."
"A lovely and at times magical little album."
"As vividly apparent and as radiant as a vase of Van Gogh's
"As sparkling as morning dew and just as tender, Samson &
Delilah's eponymous album is a delicate flower of a record.
There's restrained adventure at every turn and gentle joy by the
bucket load to be found, all combining to make a well-considered
and finely delivered debut."
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY
"Few albums released in a time where typical MP3-focussed
mastering has reached ridiculous sound-bending levels require as
much diligent attention-giving as this introductory Samson &
Delilah long-player, to pick out all the hidden detail. In effect,
Lench and Zweck have made their seemingly passive presence demand
almost aggressive concentration. Once inside this auditory
head-space however, then the record peels back layer-upon-layer of
rich features. This is a collection which glows strongly and
imaginatively on its own terms."
"Their self titled album is carefully orchestrated with acoustica,
strings and brass but comes complete with an organic, natural
sounding sense of performance. There are heavy, consciously
depressed moments, that sit alongside perfect soundtracks for a
summer's day. I don't think you'll hear a more impressive intro to
a song than the harmonic chants of “And When The Rose”.
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