Leidig is a German adjective used to deride someone as tiresome, vexatious, and wretched. And 20 year-old North Carolina-based Sam Leidig, is tired. Drawing on country crooners like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, the southern punk ethos of groups like the Flat Duo Jets and Pylon, and the pop experimentalism of acts like Broadcast and Cindy Lee, Leidig is constantly reinventing and complicating his work in a tiring balancing act. But this balancing act has proved rewarding, providing the necessary framework needed for Leidig to create new depth from his previous slacker-rock mentality.
On Collarbone, Leidig (FKA SMLH), crafts complicated, jagged rhythms and memorable melodies that explore the boundaries of pop. Leidig has shown maturity as well, moving forward from the more familiar rock structures of 2013’s Occoneechee Haunts/Staring Thru The Wall to a less defined place, breaking down his wall of vocal distortion and guitar reverb for clarity and intimacy.
Leidig is no longer afraid to take risks—whether this is through an experimental drone song or an unfamiliar time signature, Leidig has made a home finding comfort in uncomfortable places. Recorded alone on a Tascam 388, the album was written in an opiate-induced haze over the course of a month while Leidig was recovering from a reconstructive collarbone surgery. Collarbone comes out September 1st on Babe City Records.
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