Shares a reworking of Nick Drake’s ‘Which Will’, released as a single on 19th December 2016 – listen HERE
Band currently on tour in the UK with shows including Glasgow, Sheffield and Manchester this week
Debut album, ‘Fading Lines’, out now via Heavenly Recordings
Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf, today shares a brand new track, the first since the release of her acclaimed debut Fading Lines (out now via Heavenly Recordings). The track is an upbeat reworking of the classic Nick Drake song, ‘Which Will’ (from his seminal 1972 album Pink Moon) and has been given an Amber Arcades make-over, featuring her trademark ethereal, hazy, krautrock sound. The track has become a fan favourite during the band’s recent live shows and is being released as a single today, with an impact date of 19th December 2016.
Annelotte De Graaf said the following about the track: “I’m a huge Nick Drake fan. There’s something intangible and obscure about his work (and especially the melodies) that I love. I thought it would be interesting to examine how these mysterious melodies would function in a more upbeat musical environment. I like how it turned out to be quite a poppy tune but the melodies still add this layer of strangeness to it.”
Following packed festival appearances at The Great Escape, Green Man and End Of the Road, Amber Arcades are currently on an extensive UK tour which saw them play their biggest London headline show to date last week at Moth Club. The band continue their UK tour this week with shows in Leicester, Gateshead, Glasgow, Sheffield, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester, before heading to Europe. Full live dates are as follows, with UK dates in bold:
October 25 The Sage, Gateshead, UK
October 26 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, UK
October 27 Bungalow and Bears, Sheffield, UK
October 28 The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham, UK
October 29 East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
October 30 Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK
November 4 Crossing Border, Den Haag, NL
November 5 Deleste Festival, Valencia, SP
November 13 Le Guess Who, Utrecht, NL
November 18 Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
November 23 Gebaude 9, Cologne, DE
November 24 FFT, Dusseldorf, DE
November 25 Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern, DE
November 26 Kleine Donner, Hamburg, DE
November 28 Taubchental, Leipzig, DE
November 29 Privat Club, Berlin, DE
November 30 Hot Jazz Club, Munster, DE
January 22 A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge (with Temples), UK
Recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg,Fading Lines, was inspired by time, continuity, coincidence and magic, as well as an artist’s plans for a utopian city (‘Constant’s Dream’). Although that sounds pretty dreamy, De Graaf’s dreams are not the whimsical kind as they 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 to her signing to Heavenly), and to spending her life savings on a flight to New York 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 and Meg Duffy on slide guitar on the eerie, clip-clopping ‘Apophenia’.
Right from the woozy, soaring opener ‘Come With Me’, the 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 ‘Turning Light’ HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Fading Lines’ HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Right Now’ HERE.
Purchase ‘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