The Mad Scientist is a misunderstood character trope. Beneath their fear mongering, mysterious garb and peculiar instruments lies a misguided genius just looking to place their talents and fit in with the world. Samuel McFall Leidig Higgins - the genius behind SMLH - is our mad scientist.
Hailing from the hills of North Carolina, SMLH shrouds the universal feelings of self-awareness and geographic heritage in waves of static, bottomless grooves and grippy hooks. On this year’s double album - Occoneechee Haunts + Staring Thru The Wall - Samuel explores his inner depths in all analog formats. Sitting somewhere between Deerhunter and Aphex Twin, SMLH will be a name worth remembering and a mystery worth solving. Though, I doubt you’ll solve it any time soon.
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