After the release of her critically acclaimed album A Small Death in 2020, Choctaw singer-songwriter Samantha Crain retreated back home and dove into her latest release I Guess We Live Here Now. The four track EP was inspired by the rediscovery of her hometown and “vacationing in your own backyard.” Being based in Oklahoma and having to stay home because of the pandemic, Crain had to now pull inspiration from what was directly around her. The result is a beautifully composed EP about the complications of life and looking forward to a brighter future.
Throughout the four tracks, Crain’s diverse acoustic melodies bring an elegance and grace to her music promoting a listening experience full of stillness and tranquility. Her intriguing vocal harmonies add a layer a depth to each song, making her music multilayered and ever-evolving.
“Bloomsday” opens the EP with the magic and rawness that comes along with folk music. The subtle hints of piano added throughout the track allow for the song’s melody to take shape and highlights specific guitar parts throughout the chorus. While listening to the song, you can’t help but imagine Crain performing this EP during night one of Woodstock back in 1969.
On “There Is No Mail Today,” the Cat Stevens aesthetic and story telling nature of the song allow for a moment of peace and serenity. “Malachi, Goodbye” is the EP’s melancholic contribution, while “Two Sitting Ducks” ends everything on a somber but uplifting note.
I Guess We Live Here Now lives and breathes for the exploration and rediscovery of the great outdoors. The tonality throughout the EP pairs perfectly with this season’s warmer weather and should definitely be added to any road trip or camping playlists.