Sam Buck sings from many places. Physically, from a cabin in the woods of Southern California – and lyrically, on what was, what could have been and where he’ll go next.

His first new EP in four years, Buck’s Out of Control sees the Topanga-based country musician adding a cool, echoey edge to the already haunting timbre of his vocals and basslines. “I’m going for the My Bloody Valentine of country,” he tells PAPER ahead of its release this Friday, June 29.

With a true grasp over his own feelings and songwriting itself, Buck is a master at capturing emotions otherwise difficult to vocalize. The title track, out now, has him singing “Almost every night/ I could almost die/ to prove I like what he likes.”