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Samia returns with “Is There Something in the Movies?,” the rising New York City songwriter’s first proper release since a string of critically celebrated 2019 singles in addition to being her first release with Dew Process. The track was co-produced by Samia’s friends and tourmates in Hippo Campus and Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Foster The People, Soccer Mommy).
Directed by Samia and Matthew Hixon, the music video stars Samia’s longtime and close friends, a pair of young Hollywood staples, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Charlie Plummer (Looking for Alaska, Lean on Pete).
Throughout the video, Samia haunts the set of their unspecified film, trying and failing to force herself into the moments between the two actors. It’s a poignant depiction of a very specific sort of loss and alienation. The daughter of actors who spent her childhood between New York and LA, Samia has long struggled with knowing too much about show business––the relentless need to reduce women to their bodies or their minds and seldom both, the industry’s casual cruelty and short attention span.
“It’s a song about heartbreak and disenchantment with the entertainment industry,” Samia reveals. “I felt betrayed by someone honoring that fantasy over my love. Glorifying the idea of legacy or life as a means to an end makes me really sad, especially when it comes to people dying young. There’s a line about sleeping with a stuffed pig that Brittany Murphy gave me the day I was born; her death has always felt painfully unnecessary to me and has fueled my resentment towards that whole thing. In the video, Maya and Charlie play “Movies” and I’m just trying to make sense of them.”
2019 was marked by a flurry of activity from Samia, which included showcasing her brazen, formidable stage presence through extensive touring via opening slots (Donna Missal, Hippo Campus, Cold War Kids) and festival appearances (SXSW, Firefly Festival, and opening for Soccer Mommy at Lincoln Calling), along with the release of her debut EP Ode To Artifice, from which the title track introduced her to Australian and NZ audiences, and was spot added to rotation at triple j.
2020 will see her take the world by storm with her highly anticipated debut album due for release later this year, where her extraordinary voice and knack for playfully intermingling gritty truths with sharp observations is sure to cement her place in a pantheon of legendary singer-songwriters for years to come.