Sam Brookes shares ‘You Can Discover’ & UK Tour with Newton Faulkner
‘You Can Discover’ is the first track to be taken from Bristol singer-songwriter Sam Brookes’ forthcoming EP of acoustic covers set for release Autumn 2021.
‘You Can Discover’ is the first track to be taken from Bristol singer-songwriter Sam Brookes’ forthcoming EP of acoustic covers set for release Autumn 2021. A work in progress, the EP’s final track listing is yet to be fully finalised but is likely to be a mix of fan favourites covered by Brookes’ during his intimate streamed lockdown sessions, with songs from iconic musical inspirations such as Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley all under consideration.
A John Martyn cover being the first single to be released is of little surprise to those familiar with Sam Brookes’ music. A long-term fan Brookes toured internationally with the John Martyn Project (2019) and cites Martyn’s blues-folk-psychedelia fusion as an influence on his current album, the stirring and exquisitely beautiful ‘Black Feathers’ (October 2020, Go Slowly Records).
Brookes refers to ‘You Can Discover’ as a “lesser-known gem” on John Martyn’s 1973 album ‘Sundays Child’, a song Brookes immediately fell in love with, as he expands “I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t one of his better known songs.” A search for alternative versions brought up only one, a live performance at the BBC presented by Bob Harris where the song was introduced as ‘Discover The Lover’. “This is probably my favourite version as you get a bit of John fooling around at the front end and then he goes full psychedelic folk to close the song” explains Brookes who later went on to perform the track whilst touring with the John Martyn Project.
The cover pays homage to the intimate feel of the original but Martyn’s more sultry blues is replaced with something softer, with Brookes’ incredible intricate guitar playing and mesmerising vocal – one regularly compared to the likes of Bon Iver, Tim Buckley and Ben Howard – taking centre stage.
You Can Discover