Samuel Proffitt releases the latest track “You,” a reprise featuring multi-instrumentalist Crywolf, from his forthcoming new EP Good Death which comes out on June 7th via Nettwerk, who he recently signed with. “You” is a slow burning, orchestral track that builds into a pounding depiction of mental strain. Proffitt, who is in the 3rd year of his PhD at Brown University, has crafted “You,” along with the rest of Good Death, as an artistic case study exploring memory, death, trauma, and fragmentation of self. The songs were written over a period of 4 years, and each piece can be viewed as a vignette, a moment that he felt compelled to capture, distill, and crystalize.
“I wrote ‘You’ towards the end of last year,” shares Proffitt, “sampling a Russian orthodox choir as my main instrument. With the nights growing longer and the cold more bitter, I wanted to confront the listener with a depiction of my mental and emotional state-the overwhelming strain of inner turmoil coalescing with the literal and figurative darkness engendered by winter-through the song’s cold and despondent, yet immersive character.”
Now, with summer on the horizon, “You” lives in retrospect, much like a reoccurring memory; though its origins rest in winter, the memory lives on and is given new meaning with every changing season.
Giving fans something to look forward to with hearing the new EP in full next month, Proffitt further explains, “Much of the significance of ‘You’ is drawn from the fact that whether it is heard in the context of the new EP, or as a standalone piece, a multiplicity of meanings and connections can and will surface, some incongruous others complementary, with every new reading strengthening its intertextuality.” Once brought together, the full Good Death EP forms a cohesive narrative, beginning and ending with piano recorded through his iPhone.