NEW MUSIC: Sam Morton - Daffodils & Dirt

NEW MUSIC: Sam Morton – Daffodils & Dirt

Sam Morton is the critically acclaimed actor harking from Robin Hood’s back yard Nottingham. With a wealth of acting roles under her trophy laden belt her next project is delving into the world of music.  Her first track the haunting melodic, Portishead meets Cocteau Twins meets Nico spiralling Let’s Walk In The Night is just about as perfect as it gets. With the promise of more music via an album featuring Alabaster DePlume, this will not be a Robin and Green job, rather something of grandeur.

Here’s some words from the offical XL website regarding the project:

SAM MORTON, the musical duo comprised of singer, songwriter and acclaimed actor and director Samantha Morton and music producer and co-songwriter Richard Russell, today announce details of their highly-anticipated debut album. Titled Daffodils & Dirt, the album will be released on 14th June via XL Recordings. Over twelve startling tracks, the pair build a deeply personal musical world that feels simultaneously intimate and delicate yet powerful and tough. The part-autobiographical suite of songs see Russell’s spartan soundscapes providing a rich foundation for Morton’s gorgeous, ethereal vocal, aided by a cast of musical collaborators that include Alabaster DePlume, Laura Groves, Jack Peñate and additional vocalist Ali Campbell (on “Broxtowe Girl”).

Despite a lifelong love of, and involvement in, music, SAM MORTON is Samantha Morton’s first ever artist project. The collaboration came about after she appeared on Desert Island Discs in October 2020 and Russell happened to be listening. He was struck not only by her song choices (including a shared love of one song in particular: “I Remember” by Molly Drake) but by the way the music weaved through her lived experiences. The pair connected and corresponded, swapping ideas, sketches and stream-of-consciousnesses. Finally, months later, they met in the studio and engaged in a period of spontaneous, intense and open-ended collaboration, one which proved to be a cathartic musical process for both parties. Daffodils & Dirt, completed during 2023, is the captivating result.

Available digitally and on CD, LP and exclusive indie-store yellow vinyl LP, Daffodils & Dirt is available to pre-order here. The album cover artwork features an archive photograph from acclaimed British-American photographer and visual artist Nick Waplington, who documented life on Nottingham’s Broxtowe Estate at the same time Morton was growing up there in the mid-1980s.


Daffodils & Dirt can be pre-ordered via the following link

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