Release Date: Aug 20, 2012
Record label: Captain Records
Three years ago, when he released his debut album, it seemed Sam Carter was about to become a new English folk-scene celebrity. He has been mysteriously quiet since then, but here's a second reminder of his bleak, no-nonsense songwriting skills. He is currently fascinated by American spirituals, gospel and the "shapenote" tradition (a 19th-century style of teaching community singing), and the album starts with a rousing, unaccompanied hymn from a north London shapenote choir, before Carter picks up the melody and adds his own lyrics on contemporary materialism and hard times in Dreams Are Made of Money.
Bookended by brilliance, Carter’s second LP sags in its middle. Jeanette Leech 2012 The winner of the BBC Folk Award for best newcomer in 2010 has, record-wise, been relatively quiet since 2009’s Keepsakes. Sam Carter says, in this three-year period, he’s been mainlining American spiritual and gospel music. The No Testament is his attempt to partner these devotional styles with his modern secular concerns.