Having grown up on the streets of New York City dreaming of Planet Rock and playing hoops, Sam Barron pens songs about Red Mercury, stolen smokes and the East Village heartbeat. With his latest release I Just Couldn’t Help Myself, Barron found inspiration in a $40 guitar purchase made at a flea market. That guitar, a vintage Stella Harmony, has been twisting its way into Sam’s writing, giving him a new sound which he blends with electronic elements from the streets of his youth. The title and cover art come from a not-so-discreet message left by artist Ben Baker for Sam on the bathroom wall of The Emerson Bar in Brooklyn. I Just Couldn’t Help Myself was recorded with AntiFolk cohort Brain Speaker (Jeffrey Lewis, Crazy and the Brains, Kung Fu Crimewave). A prerelease video is up at:
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