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Sam Evian

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Sam Evian
Birth nameSam Griffin Owens
OriginBrooklyn, New York
GenresIndie rock, psych pop
Years active2016–present
LabelsSaddle Creek, Fat Possum

Sam Griffin Owens,[1] known professionally as Sam Evian, is an American songwriter, instrumentalist and producer based in New York.[2] He has released four full-length albums and one 7" single.


In 2016, Sam Evian signed with Saddle Creek Records.[3] Sam Evian's music has been described as indie rock, "crunchy country", and "70s-tinged psychedelic soft rock".[4] He released his debut album Premium in 2016.[5] The album's lead single, "I Need a Man", was premiered by Stereogum.[6]

In 2018, Evian released his second album You, Forever.[7] Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead contributed to the album's song "Next to You".[8][9] The song "Health Machine" was released as a single and music video.[10][11][12][13] Another single, titled "IDGAF", was premiered by Stereogum.[14] In the Pitchfork review of You, Forever, Allison Hussey wrote that Evian "offers rock songs about vulnerability and desire that are gentle and sweet but avoid the most saccharine tendencies of soft rock".[15] Digital Trends included You, Forever in their list of the best albums of 2018.[16]

In 2021 it was announced that Evian had been signed to Fat Possum Records and that his new album Time to Melt would be released on October 29, 2021.[17] Of the album, Aquarium Drunkard said, "Time to Melt aspires to address the strife of the present and sound good while cooking dinner. No short order, but with its lush sounds and warm nods in the direction of Sly and the Family Stone, T. Rex, and Shuggie Otis, he’s pulled it off."[18] Flood Magazine said, "Time to Melt spins death in a funky, positive light."[19]



  • Premium (2016)
  • You, Forever (2018)
  • Time to Melt (2021)
  • Plunge (2024)


  • "Sleep Easy" / "You Have to Hydrate" (2016)
  • "Easy to Love" (2021)
  • "Knock Knock" (2021)
  • "Time to Melt" (2021)
  • "Never Know" (2021)
  • "Life Go Low" (2023)
  • "Wisteria" (2023)

Producer discography[edit]

  • Johanna SamuelsExcelsior (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Widowspeak – Plum (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Anna Burch – If You're Dreaming (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Molly Sarlé – Karaoke Angel (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Hannah CohenWelcome Home (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Kazu Makino – Adult Baby (producer, engineer, mixing, performer)
  • Cass McCombs – Tip of the Sphere (engineer, performer)
  • Lina Tullgren – Free Cell (engineer)
  • Wilder Maker – Zion (engineer)
  • Cass McCombs – I'm a Shoe (Mangy Love) (producer, engineer)
  • Okkervil River – In the Rainbow Rain (engineer)
  • Okkervil River – New Blood/Skip Tracer (engineer, mixing)
  • Sam AmidonJuma Mountain and April (engineer)
  • Blonde RedheadGolden Light (engineer for string recordings)
  • Cassandra Jenkins – Play Til You Win (engineer, producer, mixing, performer)
  • Buck Meek – Heart Was Beat (engineer, mixing)
  • Sam Evian – Premium (producer, engineer, mixing, performer, composer)
  • Sam Evian – You, Forever (producer, engineer, mixing, performer, composer)
  • Sam Evian – Need You EP (mixing, performer, composer)
  • Sam Evian – Time to Melt (producer, performer, composer)
  • Big ThiefDragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (engineer, mixing, additional production)


  1. ^ Allen, Jeremy (October 28, 2021). "Reviews: Sam Evian - Time to Melt". The Quietus. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "Sam Evian | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. ^ writer, Kevin Coffey World-Herald staff (26 March 2018). "Sam Evian's You, Forever on the way via Saddle Creek". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  4. ^ For "indie rock", see "Sam Evian gives us two more previews of his debut album in 'You, Forever' and 'Country'". The 405. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  5. ^ "Album Stream: Sam Evian - 'Premium'". Clash Magazine. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  6. ^ "Sam Evian – "I Need a Man"". Stereogum. 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  7. ^ "Sam Evian gives us two more previews of his debut album in 'You, Forever' and 'Country'". The 405. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  8. ^ "Sam Evian and Kazu Makino collaborate on "You, Forever"". The Deli Magazine | nyc.thedelimagazine.com/. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  9. ^ Kamp, Justin. "Listen to Sam Evian and Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead Reimagine "Next to You"". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  10. ^ Listen to Sam Evian: "Health Machine" by Sam Evian, retrieved 2019-01-12
  11. ^ "Sam Evian's 'Health Machine' Drips Summer Sweat". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  12. ^ "Sam Evian releases crunchy country track 'Health Machine' and reveals new album details". The 405. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  13. ^ "Sam Evian – "Health Machine" Video". Stereogum. 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  14. ^ "Listen to Sam Evian's New Song, "IDGAF"". Stereogum. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  15. ^ "Sam Evian: You, Forever". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  16. ^ "Best Albums of 2018". www.digitaltrends.com. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  17. ^ "Sam Evian Signs to Fat Possum & Drops New Single". Closed Captioned. 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  18. ^ "Sam Evian : The Aquarium Drunkard Interview". Aquarium Drunkard. 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  19. ^ "Sam Evian's Time to Melt Spins Death in a Funky, Positive Light". FLOOD. Retrieved 2021-10-27.

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