Samia’s debut album The Baby is out this Friday. She probably could have broadened her audience significantly by calling it DaBaby instead and counting on people finding it when they are searching for “Rockstar” or what have you. Nonetheless, it’s a record worth hearing, a thoughtful, dynamic, poppy collection of straightforward indie tracks. We’ve heard several of them already — “Is There Something In The Movies?” and “Fit N Full” and “Big Wheel” and “Stellate” — and today she shares another.
“Triptych” begins as an indie-pop ballad in the vein of Frankie Cosmos or Lomelda before building to a climax that blurs the distinction between ornate Phoebe Bridgers orchestration and Deerhunter’s gauzy, distorted sighs. In a press release, Samia explains:
I wrote “Triptych” sobbing in a green room in Denver. I’d just read the story of Francis Bacon and his lover/muse, George Dyer, whose chaotic lifestyle served as Bacon’s artistic inspiration. George Dyer overdosed in the bathroom of a hotel room paid for by Bacon, who famously painted a triptych of his lover’s final moments. I had just been through a pretty tough breakup and felt I might be purposefully getting myself into dicey situations to justify my big feelings and write about them. “Triptych” was a pretty blatant cry for help and an opportunity to confess my fear of being misunderstood.
The song arrives with a video by Fred Hechinger starring Samia and a ventriloquist dummy. Watch below.
The Baby is out 8/28 on Grand Jury. Pre-order it here.