Looking Through the Glass is Sam Genualdi’s debut record, and is a testament to his insatiable musical curiosity. Featuring percussionist and frequent Bon Iver collaborater, Jon Mueller as well as experimental saxophone giant Tim Berne, Sam has created a piece that is as beautiful as it is fleeting. With moments both tranquil and contentious, the album is something of a diary entry for this moment in his life. Literally about to embark on a journey around the world enabled by a 2017 Watson Fellowship, it will certainly be interesting to see how his musical identity grows and changes over the coming months and years.
released May 19, 2017
1. Summer’s Warm Embrace
2. Looking Through the Glass
3. A leafless Dawn
4. Deep Breath
5. Ping Pongin’
7. To the Thawing Wind
8. Before We Knew
9. You Alone
10. Dark and Stormy
11. Bed of Snow
12. Almost Half-Way There
All music, lyrics, recording, mixing and production by Sam Genualdi unless otherwise indicated.
Sam Genualdi - vocals, guitars, lap steel, keyboards, percussion, bass, electronics, whistle.
Jon Mueller - percussion 2, 3, 7, 9.
Tim Berne - sax 9.
Spencer Tweedy - drums 1, 12. claps 3. vocals 6.
Isabel Dammann - violin 1, 6, 12. vocals 6.
Eva Tourangeau - vocals 2, 6, 12.
Sam Hudgens - sax 2.
Gabriel Peterson - sax 3, 12.
Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose - banjo 2.
Jeremiah Lemke-Rochon - drums 4.
Jakob Heinemann - bass 3, 6, 12.
Jack Lussenden - drums 2.
Josh Greenberger - organ 8.
Aidan Sponheim - trumpet 4.
Lucy Genualdi - dog collar 8.
Poem on To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost, Public Domain
Poem on You Alone by Hafiz, Public Domain
Recording of drums and percussion by Spencer Tweedy at The Refuge
Mastered at Altered Ear by Cory Allen
Jon Mueller courtesy of Rhythmplex
Tim Berne courtesy of Screwgun Records
Design and Art by Sam Genualdi.
Foil stamping of Artist Books by Florian Bieshke
Recorded at The Refuge, WFMT, Lawrence University, and at homes in Appleton, Waunakee and Evanston.
Special thanks to The 602 Club, SOL Studios, Matt Turner, Ben Rinehart, Bob Palmieri, Copeland Woodruff, Larry Darling, Joanne Metcalf, Piciformes, Good Trouble, The Pertls, Jon Mueller, Steve Peplin, Patty Darling, Bill Carrothers, Mark Urness, Jose Encarnacion, Nick Nootenboom and all of my family and friends for your endless support, guidance and encouragement. Without each of you this project would not have been possible.
Another special thanks to the Lawrence Senior Experience Grant for making the project financially feasible.
This project is dedicated to my niece, Alexandra Rose Medina-Genualdi and my grandmother, Helen Rosenquist Gillard.
Sam Genualdi is a composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist from Evanston, Illinois. As a 2017 Watson Fellow he will be traveling the globe studying music for one year starting in August 2017.