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Premiere: psychedelic pop singer Sam Kogon shares song ‘Barbed Wire’

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Sam Kogon has announced he will be releasing a self-titled EP, and today we are pleased to share the featured EP track ‘Barbed Wire’.The rocker has previously worked on songwriting with renowned ‘80s rocker Patty Smyth as well as doing session work with the like of The Beach Boys guitarist Al Jardine. Channeling the energy of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, the psychedelic pop act speaks about matters of the heart and navigating through society as a queer creative.

Sam Kogon shares: “‘Barbed Wire’ is a song about accepting love, denying love, unrequited love, infatuation, and coming out of the closet. It’s inspired by two friends exchanging songs they write as coded love letters. One friend wants their love to come off the page and the other friend can only express their true feelings in song. Running away with or from someone who isn’t emotionally available can get you tangled in the barbed wire fences they put up at the first signs of vulnerability, so I chose that as the title of the song. The one friend trying to move forward is asking (rhetorically) “Is this love? Is this love? I need to know right now…and could you even tell me right now”. They already know the answer: Sometimes there isn’t a happy ending or closure; sometimes we get burnt like tires, and that’s ok.”

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