Agent: Nikita Lavrinenko | Territory: EU/UK
Partisan Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Los Angeles-based artist, Sam Burton. Sam was born and raised outside of Salt Lake City in what he calls a “truck stop town,” but moved to LA to pursue music. In the last year he toured with Loving and Jose Gonzalez. He recently wrapped up a three-week residency at Los Angeles’ Club TeeGee, and will head out on the road with Weyes Blood and Indigo Sparke in the coming months.
To coincide with the news of his signing, Burton has shared the new song “Maria.”
“Maria” was produced by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty, Margo Price) at his Topanga Canyon Studio with some of the best studio players in LA, and perfectly showcases Burton’s knack for mining pure Laurel Canyon AM gold. Pastoral string arrangements bloom in the background of Sam’s striking honeyed vocals-like a modern-day Campbell, Orbison, or Nilsson.
In Sam’s own words: “‘Maria’ is a song of brief redemption. It’s seeing a shape in the soft light and trusting it’s there even though it’s not defined.”
Together, Wilson and Burton achieve a sound that doesn’t descend into retro pastiche, but rather becomes an evocative echo, a dream of the past. In scope, the music finds Burton using a far bigger canvas than on his acclaimed 2020 debut I Can Go With You, giving the emotions therein a new sense of urgency and intensity.