Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft, the duo that make up Alexis & The Samurai have recently released their most bombastic record to date in “Move Into View”. Melodic and stereophonic, “Move Into View” truly shows off the range and confidence both Alexis and Sam have in their ability to create their own unique and intoxicating music.
Tracks like “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” shows off the pure power and intensity of Alexis’s voice spread across a fantastically expansive beat. This song to me is the standout track and reminds me very much of some of the greatest Beatles songs. “Pots and Pans”, as you’ll see in their Sofar Sounds New Orleans performance shows off the duo’s chemistry and artistry. Below is a little info about the band…
Exiled after having lost everything in hurricane Katrina, Alexis Marceaux has spent the last decade returning home and building up a career from scratch. The meantime has been hard-fought but fruitful, with appearances at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, SXSW, and several tours of the US and Europe. Alexis and bandmate Sam Craft met in 2009 and initially teamed up for Alexis’ sophomore effort Orange Moon (2011). Under the tutelage and engineering of The Polyphonic Spree’s Rick Nelson, the duo drew an all-star cast, 25 of NOLA’s finest musicians of every genre for a big, lush, indie-pop opus with a distinct Louisiana flavor.
Marceaux put out her solo release Dandelion in ’09, and its songs were picked up by various television shows (MTV’s The Real World, E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and others), but with Orange Moon, she’s elevated herself into a “songwriting force to be reckoned with” (No Depression), securing more media placements, as well as rotation in Starbucks cafés and other stores.
Alexis and Sam are also part of a larger group, and another one of our favorites, Sweet Crude. Just last month, while on the road touring in San Francisco, their sweet band van was broken into and completely emptied on a busy street in SF. They are doing their best to get back on their feet, and a close friend of the band has setup a GoFundMe page in their honor. Click the image below to contribute!