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.