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Amber Arcades – Cannonball

Posted on 02 June 2017 by Joe

Following on from last year’s album Fading Lines, Annelotte De Graaf (aka Amber Arcades ) has released this excellent five track EP, which we were fortunate to see showcased during her support set for Grandaddy in Bristol in March.

The main draw is second track, the pop savvy It Changes, which has deservedly garnered plenty of radio play.

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But there’s plenty more to like here, in particular the opener, a cover of Nick Drake’s Which Will, from his 1972 album Pink Moon. Here it’s given an electric guitar indiepop twist, with a smart drum backing added for good measure.

While these are the two standouts the remaining three tracks, Can’t Say That We Tried, the title track and Wouldn’t Even Know are far above mere filler status, especially the latter,  a duet with ex- The Coral man Bill Ryder-Jones.

What first drew u to De Graaf is her combination of familiar sounds, with her laid back vocals reminding me of The Concrete’s Victoria Bergsman, while the music mixes aspects of The National and a raft of shoegaze acts from the early 1990s. Put them all together though and she sounds completely unique.

Already Amber Arcades is being filed under ‘critical acclaim’ status, it won’t be long before this Heavenly Recording’s artist makes the move from support to headline slots.

8/10

by Joe Lepper

 

For more information visit Amber Arcades website.

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