Dark Mean 'Samuel the Phoenix' (EP stream)

Dark Mean 'Samuel the Phoenix' (EP stream)
Hamilton, ON combo Dark Mean have risen up from the garage today (February 25) to deliver Samuel the Phoenix, a new EP full of high-flying indie-folk melodies.

A press release notes that the four-song set, recorded with producer Michael Keire (Wildlife, Jessy Lanza, the Dirty Nil), offers "well-crafted arrangements that are nearly impossible to fault." This includes the breezy title cut, which describes a watery journey across the sea atop an arrangement of plaintive guitar strums and organ swells. Also giving it up for a bird of flight in its title is "Albatross," a weeper about telling someone to cut their losses. Rootsier guitar plucking is showcased on the minimalist "High Heaven," while the EP closes itself out with the suitably titled "Last One."

You can give all of Samuel the Phoenix a stream down below or pick up the set on Bandcamp.