Even before I saw Sam Winch’s website I had picked up on his circus/carney theme and sound. It wasn’t hard since the second song on his debut disc, The Lullabadeer, drops as many circus references as any song in recent memory. The website with it’s big top theme confirms it.
I’m not sure what to believe in Sam’s bio as he claims to have been lost for a week when he was 9 only to be found at the circus (I’m guessing that’s not true), it also says he took a hammer blow to the head to protect a baby (I’m not sure about that one either), and it goes on to say that this record is up for the Nobel Prize (improbable but deserving).
If Tom Waits still had a sense of humor, would stop suing everybody and singing through megaphone he might just put out a record of this caliber. If Jack Johnson would wake up and snap out of his perpetual stoner-surfer-dude stupor, on his best day he might be able to match the energy and dynamic swings of The Lullabadeer. If Paul Simon could drag himself off of the Broadway stage he might be able to recreate the magic of his hit “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” but for now Sam Winch’s “Julio” will have to do.
I really like this record and if any of the above makes sense to you than you will too. Buy it here through cdbaby.