Photo : Samana © Rebecca Rose Harris
Samana
(United Kingdom)
Dreamlike, ethereal and polymathic indie folk duo
Formed in Brighton and developed artistically through a one-year journey across Europe, this multi-disciplinary duo produces its music at its analogue studio in the Brecon Beacons, in the mountains of South Wales. Samana (which means “vital breath” in Sanskrit) mixes art-rock and indie folk in its seraphic, spiritual and ethereal ballads carried by a deep and generous voice evoking Mazzy Star, Bill Callahan, Nick Drake or Sigur Rós. After a first EP (Requiem) in 2016, the duo has just released its hypnotic first album with Fat Cat Records.

In this two-headed hydra, musician Franklin Mockett does the instrumentation, recording and production, while photographer Rebecca Rose Harris crafts the visual and conceptual art, words and videos. In the peaceful ethereal sweetness of this music from another era, inspired by the interpretation of dreams, ancient rituals and the spiritual exploration of their personal experiences, Samana seeks a kind of inner essence. Their name expresses “leaving behind social conventions and obligations in order to achieve a rhythm of life aligned with nature’s ways.”

Samana’s raw and esoteric, coarse and poetic, sweet and fragile chants pursue emotion and magic with generous reverberating sounds, in which Rebecca’s voice lingers like that of a pagan priestess devoted to philosophical rituals and ancient cults. These distant chants brimming with cinematographic power seem to create a bridge between ideals, the yearnings of the Flower Power movement and 21st century technology and sound.

Intense and floaty, enchanting and full of emotion, Samana’s music will take spectators to realms and worlds they have never been to, where you suddenly find inner peace, as if by magic.

BIOGRAPHY

Musician and producer Franklin Mockett and photographer and graphic designer Rebecca Rose Harris met in Brighton, before heading off on a trek across Europe, with no planned itinerary. This nomadic lifestyle served as a kind of rite of passage, helping them to define Samana’s sound. The concept was born in a forest around Lake Schwarzensee in Austria, and started to take form in the small analogue studio on their farm in the Brecon Beacons, hidden away in the mountains of South Wales. In a creative process that draws on the interpretation of dreams, ancient philosophical rituals and exploration of their personal experiences, seeking harmony with nature’s ways, this duo’s music brims with spirituality and inner exploration. After a first LP (Requiem, 2016), the duo has taken its time to develop its first album, Ascension, with ten enchanting tracks, released with Fat Cat Records (Sigur Rós, Vashti Bunyan, etc.) from Brighton and accompanied with a series of magnificent Live Session videos.

DISTRIBUTION

Chant : Rebecca Rose Harris.
Guitares : Franklin Mockett.

Friday 05 July 2019
20:00 > 21:00
Temple de l’Église Protestante Unie de Rennes, Boulevard de la Liberté, Rennes
Saturday 06 July 2019
12:30 > 13:10
Langue & Communication, Rue Saint-Melaine, Rennes
Saturday 06 July 2019
18:30 > 19:10
Théâtre du Vieux Saint-Etienne, Rennes
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Sunday 07 July 2019
15:30 > 16:30
Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes

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