With a special knack for balancing bright pop melodies with a drifting sense of melancholy, Los Angeles based Johanna Samuels’s ‘Excelsior!’ is a tender and honest document of the importance of companionship above all else.
‘Excelsior! was recorded mainly to tape in a small cabin in West Shokan in NY State, in the middle of the winter with her band and producer Sam Evian. The album is a gorgeous combination of vintage instrumentation, melodic hooks , Samuels’ elegant voice and vocal harmonies provided by friends Courtney Marie Andrews, Hannah Cohen, Lomelda’s Hannah Read, A.O. Gerber and Olivia Kaplan.
“LA based songwriter delivers in style.... an extended hymn to the value of togetherness” 8/10 Uncut
“a truly moving masterpiece” 9/10 The Line Of Best Fit
“so smart in the way she assesses space and communication and connection, it's just brilliant...” NPR