Red Scare Industries, Specialist Subject Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist: Sam Russo (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Last.fm)
Sam Russo's sophomore full-length Greyhound Dreams is powerful record steeped in deep and dark emotions brought to life through breathtakingly simple music. The English folk-punk troubadour has created something special and unique on this record. Sure Russo isn't breaking any new ground here but what he has done is created a record with a sound that is completely his own. In other words there are no direct comparisons. The closest comparison that comes to mind is John Moreland's brilliant In The Throes, not stylistically (though both records are sparse, mostly acoustic affairs) but emotionally. The record is stark in its simplicity, driven completely by Russo's haunting vocals and his acoustic (that is often played like an electric) guitar, with the occasional and perfectly placed hand-claps for percussion and beautifully majestic female harmonies to round things out. Greyhound Dreams deals with loneliness, desperation, and love taking you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions with lyrics that are honest, deeply personal, and completely relatable. This is the kind of record that you put on at the end of a long day to let out whatever demons have been holding you down; it is cathartic, therapeutic, and absolutely perfect.