Song Premiere: Sam Baker, “feast”
Not many Texan singer-songwriters quote Irish modernist poets. But then, as the saying goes Sam Baker isn’t most singer-songwriters. Riffing off of William Butler Yeats’ “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,” Baker turns Yeats’ rumination on the apocalypse (the original poem aptly called “The Second Coming”) into a cavalier acquiescence to immorality. Baker wonders “what rough beast” has come, while acknowledging the less-than-virtuous going-ons around him. The title “feast” becomes something of an hypnotic refrain, perhaps to the beast or perhaps to Baker’s peers, as he only offers “close thine eyes / on that rough beast” as advice.
For all its jazzy-meanderings, “feast” borders on spoken-word. But the duality of Baker’s growl and the accompanying piano is just as nostalgic as the Yeats reference, evoking a kind of post-war coffeehouse meets cabaret feel with the right kind of sinful indifference.
Click here to listen to the premiere of “feast” from Sam Baker’s upcoming album, Say Grace