Samma Otherland are as beautifully unusual as their name suggests.

They are a three piece multi-instrumental band of Sam Engles, Trish Macarthy and Elmore Judd, three unknown musicians who made this wonderful album called “Unfolding Moments”.

Every now and then an album comes along that you know is special even before you hear it, this is the experience I had with “Unfolding Moments”.

There are eight extraordinarily beautiful tracks on this album that take you on a journey out the window, up into the sky and leave you floating there safely above the earth until it’s time to come gently down again.

This is one of my favourite late night, drift away to albums, that leaves me with happy dreams and a sense of being safe.

They only ever brought out this album, which was a shame.
Some bands are like that, they’re only together for one album before they break apart and join up with others to form new bands.

If you ever get the opportunity to listen to this album, it will be a once in a lifetime chance.
The master tapes along with the only printed copies of the album were destroyed in an accidental fire that burnt the historic Spiral Recording Studios to the ground.

It was fortunate that some quick thinking engineer grabbed an arm full of albums before the place was consumed in flames.
A pity he couldn’t save the master tapes.

There are only twenty known copies left in the world and because of the way it was recorded  and the technology used at the time, it isn’t possible to translate the signal to an audio frequency we can listen to on the technology we have today.

That’s why a copy of one of these albums can sell for ten thousand dollars if its in poor condition and sixty thousand dollars if it’s in mint condition.

Unfortunately for those who have a copy of this album, once they listen to it, they know they’ll never be able to sell it because they’ll never be able to live without hearing it again and again and again.

For the cover I once more narrowed in on a smaller portion of a bigger picture I came across somewhere.
It shows a seed pod opening to reveal the seeds, each of them a capsule of growth full of  unfolding moments.
It’s amazing what you can find in the detail.

Some people didn’t think much of the cover but the band liked it and the whole seeds of unfolding moments thing that went along with it.

The album soared up the charts even though it wasn’t a commercial piece of crap that usually park themselves in the way of true art.

It stayed at number 1 for four months before Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon took over the crown.

It was such a success I guess, because of the story surrounding its destruction but I prefer to think it was because of the music that unfolds into your mind whenever, if ever, you get the chance to hear it.

I wish I had a copy but am fortunate to have a trusting friend who on occasion and with much begging on my part, will lend me the album.

Unfolding Moments is much like a drug, one taste and your hooked.

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