5 Songs, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dutch singer/songwriter Annelotte de Graaf paints her breezy indie pop with streaks of romance and melancholia on this follow-up to her 2016 full-length debut. Even when she transforms Nick Drake's minimalist "Which Will" into an urgent rocker soaked in shimmering surf guitar, a hint of sorrow pulls at her airy croons. On "Can't Say That We Tried," she swallows heartache with fuzzy organ before opening back up on the tender "Wouldn't Even Know," in which Bill Ryder-Jones plays Lou Reed to her Nico.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dutch singer/songwriter Annelotte de Graaf paints her breezy indie pop with streaks of romance and melancholia on this follow-up to her 2016 full-length debut. Even when she transforms Nick Drake's minimalist "Which Will" into an urgent rocker soaked in shimmering surf guitar, a hint of sorrow pulls at her airy croons. On "Can't Say That We Tried," she swallows heartache with fuzzy organ before opening back up on the tender "Wouldn't Even Know," in which Bill Ryder-Jones plays Lou Reed to her Nico.

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About Amber Arcades

Growing up in Utrecht, Holland, a teenaged Annelotte de Graaf began saving her money with an eye toward someday recording an album. While living temporarily as a student in Philadelphia in 2010, she began writing songs, then once back in Holland released Benjamin, an EP of folky songs. Over the next few years she continued honing her craft, writing songs and releasing EPs (Amber Arcades in 2013, I Guess I'm Free But I Don't Know What That Means in 2014) while working as a legal aid on UN war crime tribunals and as an assistant in Holland's immigration center. Settling on the name Amber Arcades, she pooled her money and flew to New York to work with producer Ben Greenberg of Sacred Bones band the Men. Laying down the songs she wrote at home in Utrecht with a band including members of Quilt (guitarist Shane Butler and bassist Keven Lareau) and Real Estate (drummer Jackson Pollis), de Graaf's sound was very much Stereolab and Broadcast-influenced. Heavenly Records liked what they heard and signed Amber Arcades to their label, releasing the five-song Patiently EP in October of 2015. The full-length Fading Lines was released in June of 2016. While on tour in the U.S. later in the year, the band met up with Greenberg in N.Y.C. and recorded a five-song EP, Cannonball. The record was released in June of 2017 and featured a dream pop update of Nick Drake's "Which Will," plus a guest vocal from Bill Ryder-Jones. ~ Tim Sendra

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