AMBER ARCADES Announces UK tour for October including a show at Moth Club in London on 20th October

June 15, 2016

Nick Helderman


Announces UK tour for October including a show at Moth Club in London on 20th October

Debut album, ‘Fading Lines’, out now via Heavenly Recordings

Following a UK and European tour which included packed shows at The Great Escape and a sold out date at The Lexington in London, Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, announces a string of UK live dates for October 2016. The tour will call at Moth Club in London on October 20th. The band will also appear at this year’s Secret Garden Party, Port Eliot, Green Man and End Of The Road festivals. Full live dates are as follows, with new dates in bold:
Saturday 25th June – 25 JVC de Schuit, Katwijk, Netherlands
Wednesday 13th July – Deer Shed Festival, Topcliffe
Friday 22nd July – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
Saturday 30th July – Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall
Thursday 11th August – Haldern Pop
Sunday 21st August – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
26/27 August – Woods Festival, Amsterdam
2/3/4 September – End Of The Road Festival, Dorset
Sunday 11th September – On Black Heath Festival, London
Sunday 16th October – The Green Door Store, Brighton
Monday 17th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Tuesday 18th October – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Wednesday 19th October – The Cellar, Oxford
Thursday 20th October – Moth Club, London
Friday 21st October – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
Monday 24th October – The Musician, Leicester
Tuesday 25th October – The Sage, Gateshead
Wednesday 26th October – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 27th October – Bungalows & Bears, Sheffield
Friday 28th October – The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
Sunday 30th October – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

4/5 November – Deleste Festival, Spain
Amber Arcades’ debut album, ‘Fading Lines’ is out now via Heavenly Recordings. Recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit), the album was inspired by time, continuity, coincidence and magic. Other inspirations include early-morning jetlag (‘Turning Light’) and an artist’s plans for a utopian city (‘Constant’s Dream’). Although that sounds pretty dreamy (and these songs do have wonderful ethereal qualities), De Graaf’s dreams are not the whimsical kind. De Graaf’s dreams have led to her working as a legal aide on UN war crime tribunals (she currently works in human rights law with people leaving Syria), to inviting strangers to share her Utrecht squat (which led to a friendship and later to her signing to Heavenly), and to spending her life savings on a flight to New York because that’s where she wanted to record her first album.

After researching producers and deciding to work with Greenberg (‘the odd one out as he’d produced all this hardcore punk shit’), Annelotte was joined by Shane Butler and Keven Lareau of Quilt on guitar and bass, Jackson Pollis of Real Estate on drums, plus Meg Duffy on slide guitar on the eerie, clip-clopping ‘Apophenia’. They listened to “a lot of Suicide, Broadcast, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, The Gun Club…” and worked on the songs that Annelotte had written at home in Utrecht. “In New York everything came together beautifully – the whole team, the producer and the band. It was a magical time – writing an album had been an abstract thing in my mind and recording it in New York had been a wild, surreal plan. It never really occurred to me that it would happen until I sat on the plane. I had this money in my savings account and I thought, I’m going to make an album.”

Right from woozy, soaring opener ‘Come With Me’, this album invites endless interpretations – or simply emotional and physical reactions of joy, loss, acceptance and “the billions of different views there are to this life and whatever we’re doing here”. The result is a dazzling debut, full of swirling, steely songs, from an exceptional new talent.


Watch the video for ‘Fading LinesHERE.

Watch the video for ‘Right NowHERE.

Purchase the album ‘Fading Lines’ HERE.


Press quotes for ‘Fading Lines’:

‘a real talent’The Guardian

‘dreamily melodic indie-pop’ – Q

‘Terrific indie pop debut… a winning mix of mist and muscle‘ – Uncut

one of the most quietly unassuming yet inherently beautiful records to grace our speakers in years’ Drowned In Sound

‘De Graaf’s debut is a beauty’ – London In Stereo

‘Stereolab-like dream-pop from the one-to-watch Dutch singer’ – The Sunday Times

‘the new soundtrack to your post-festival comedown’ Loud & Quiet

“de Graaf’s gorgeous melodies float by in a dream-like state, before heavenly harmonies take hold and strike a glorious melancholic chord.” – The Line of Best Fit

“what a damn fine thing it is – as suitable for sleety January days as it is balmy festival mornings.” – Noisey

“On one level you’ll find those beautiful, sweet, innocent vocals, but on the other sits granulated synth noise that pirouettes from speaker to speaker.” – Clash

“Amber Arcades will pull you under her spell” – Consequence of Sound


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