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Samia layers the vocals and the emotions on captivating ‘Charm You’

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by a member of our music team.

My “in” to Samia was Peach Fuzz, her supergroup with Raffaella, Sara L’Abriola, and Victoria Zaro. Their excellent EP, Can Mary Dood the Moon?, had just the right amount of weird to take it beyond blah pop — a quality Samia brings to “Charm You” from her recently released solo album, Honey.

Like a lot of tracks from the LP, “Charm You” could’ve easily been a nothingburger that slipped into the background. But the relatively simple move to double and then triple Samia’s vocals in a way that keeps them slightly out of sync demands your attention. And once she has it, the lyrics paint a vivid picture of someone who would love to be in a relationship if it wasn’t so damn exhausting:

What if we could shut up for an hour or two?
Quiet, memorizing what the people do
Wouldn’t have to try and find myself in you
I don’t wanna charm you
I don’t wanna make you mine

Just about every song on the album has a trick up its sleeve that’ll make your ears perk up, giving Samia’s vocal talent a much more interesting platform to play on. You can hear it for yourself by listening to “Charm You” right here, and on 88Nine by tuning your FM dial in Milwaukee or streaming worldwide on our website and mobile app.

This week’s other adds

  • "Holy Moly," Young Fathers
  • "Hide," Alton Allen
  • "Amnesia," M83
  • "FOREGROUND MUSIC," Ron Gallo
  • "Slip Away," Dan Croll
  • "Ghosts Again," Depeche Mode
  • "Party," Daughter
  • "Wolf," Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "200 Miles," Hojean
  • "Everybody's Saying That," Girl Ray