Photograph copyright of Maxwell Anderson.
Every now and then you hear a piece of music that comes to you with no reference points, no baggage, no history, just as a fully formed hymn that makes you stop everything you are doing. Diamonds On A Boat by Samuel and the Dragon is one such piece of music. Formed out of a brooding, haunting late night electronic landscape, a film reel rolling in the background and a plaintive soulful male vocal, it’s a minimally beautiful piece of work. There are hints of Goldfrapp, Portishead and Massive Attack in this highly moody modern sound.
We know virtually nothing of this act except that it consists of the mysterious Samuel, who certainly looks like he has the potential to be a flamboyantly brilliant star and a collaborator called James ( is he the dragon ?) The duo are currently playing a few limited gigs in London including Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on the 25th November and 93 Feet East on the 12th December. Diamonds On A Boat will be released on Moshi Moshi in November.