Brooklyn's Sam Kogon cites the late-'60s baroque/psych era as his main inspiration, and he's actually gone on to play with some of his heroes. He sang lead vocals in the 2015 lineup of The Left Banke, and has backed original Beach Boy Al Jardine in his band Al Jardine & Friends. His next solo album, Psychic Tears, was produced by Sam Evian and comes out on October 28 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records (pre-order). The album features the song "I Was Always Talking," a collaboration with Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline). Greta duets with Sam and also sings some harmonies, and her style pairs well with Sam's. Here's what he tells us about the song:

The song is about a friend break-up. Without giving away too much, I wrote it when I was beginning to realize that some of my friends I still knew from college were no longer my friends anymore. Funny how that works...Anyways, in my head I heard it as a duet, with each verse sung by each friend. So after my band and I recorded the song, I asked my friend Greta to see if she'd be interested in singing on the track. She listened to a rough mix and (luckily) dug it. One evening this past February she came over and tracked her vocals in my guest bedroom closet. It was a great session.

That song premieres right here:

Sam has a tour coming up too, which begins with a record release show in his hometown on November 4 at Baby's All Right. That show is with Maybird (who's on several other tour dates too) and Petite League. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.


Sam Kogon -- 2016 Tour Dates
November 4: Brooklyn, NY – Babys All Right +
November 5: Washington, DC - Treehouse Lounge+
November 6: Boone, NC – BlackCat +
November 7: Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade +
November 8: Nashville, TN – The Basement +
November 9: Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
November 10: Chicago, IL – The Burlington
November 11: Windsor, OT - The Rondo
November 12: Toronto, OT - Baby G
November 13: Ithaca, NY - The Haunt

+= shows w/ Maybird