Genre-specific albums come and go, leaving more or fewer impressions along the way. Often, how large an audience the music reaches depends not only on its quality but on the chance it gets.
Americana music seems to be more prone to that game of chance because it can border so many specific genres ― folk, country, rock, singer/songwriter, even soul, and jazz…
But even if some of the music belonging to the genre doesn’t reach the audience immediately, it is a genre that is prone to have some timeless qualities that makes it almost impossible to determine when a certain song or an album was recorded. It could be the ’70s, or it could be last month.
If it is that good, it gives Americana music the capability to reach its audience at some point or other. But it does have to be that good.
Sam Filiatreau’s self-titled debut album just might be that kind of a musical beast. Now the album is a fairly recent release, so it is hard to say whether it will reach a wider audience or not, but one thing is for certain. Filiatreau’s songwriting, vocals, and overall musicianship on the album give it those timeless qualities that give its potential audience the possibility to discover it tomorrow or in a few years. It sounds like it will still retain its qualities at any point in time.
It doesn’t matter where you start playing Filiatreau’s album, from the opening, “Hold The Door,” the brilliant “Ashes” somewhere in the middle, or the closing “Fine By Me,” (now, there’s a fitting title for a closer), the quality of the music is high and consistent. Hopefully, Filiatreau can only go higher from here.
Sam Filiatreau – ‘Sam Filiatreau’ Reaction
Sam Filiatreau's self-titled debut album promises and delivers timeless Americana music.