Singaporean band The Sam Willows are set to hit North America! Specifically, the South by Southwest (SXSW) and Canadian Music Festival (CMF) festival circuits.

The band’s rise has been pretty amazing by local standards; about a year ago they didn’t even know what to name themselves. Since then, they’ve had a sold-out EP launch at local pub venue TAB and performed at a New Year’s Eve countdown party that was televised nationwide. Their rise isn’t all that unexpected however.

On top of having likable personalities, the band has amassed some pretty impressive original material. Their distinct brand of soul-folk is easy on the ears and complemented by intriguing arrangements. Perhaps my own personal expectations of the quartet are rather high, but beyond their current “pleasantly polished” sound, the Sam Willows have yet to craft a sound that is undoubtedly their own.

Regardless, take a listen to ‘Glasshouse’, my favourite track off their self-titled debut EP.

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