Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hiding Behind Sound - "One Last One" from her upcoming "Words Escape" album

The song One Last One has a lyric "so into the wound we poured the salt". It is a bittersweet song about the emotional distance that can exist between the intimacy of a relationship. There are other passages of words that feel so utterly real written by veteran New York drummer Sammi Niss amid indie rock sounds percolating on drum beats. Her moniker is Hiding Behind Sound and her debut album drop May 14th. Entitled "Words Escape" it was written and recorded before, during and after her treatment for stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the spring of 2015.
Robb Donker

Hiding Behind Sound is the psychologically accurate songwriting and recording alias of the veteran New York drummer Sammi Niss, a fixture on the Hudson valley music scene and a founding member of the bands Battle Ave., American Film History, and Frankie and His Fingers. Sammi has toured and recorded with Laura Stevenson, Matt Pond PA, Pelican Movement, and many others. 

Co-produced with Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Widowspeak), 'Words Escape' was performed almost entirely by Sammi. The hurt cool of the songwriting and the unvarnished vocals suggest the influence of Jeff Tweedy and the Velvet Underground; the lavish guitar arrangements and tidal dynamics belong more to the tradition of Radiohead and post-rock. She just calls it “space twang.”

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