Shares “Where Did You Go” and an accompanying video which is part 3 of a video trilogy directed by Elliott Arndt
Taken from her upcoming second album, European Heartbreak, out 28thSeptember 2018 via Heavenly Recordings
Tours the UK and Europe this Autumn with a show at The Dome in London on 10th October 2018
Amber Arcades releases new single a video for “Where Did You Go”, which completes a three part trilogy of videos directed by Elliott Arndt. Along with part 1 featuring the track “Goodnight Europe“ and part 2 featuring the track “Simple Song“, the resulting three part story aims to give a deeper understanding of the band’s upcoming second album, European Heartbreak, due for release on 28th September 2018 via Heavenly Recordings as well as Annelotte De Graaf‘s thinking around what’s currently happening in Europe, love, the passing of time and how the three intertwine. All feature music from European Heartbreak.
The Dutch-born musician said the following about “Where Did You Go”:
“This song is about the irrational nature of love. You need to keep telling yourself you believe in it in order for it to exist at all. On the other hand, maybe it’s a cool thing because of that. If it were more “real” it would just be another “thing” you can choose, like a brand of peanut butter. And I’m not so sure about whether always being able to choose all the things makes us better or happier in the end.”
About the video, she added: “In this final part the characters are making a final attempt to put their future together in the hands of destiny, or the universe, or whatever. I’m not sure it works out so well in this case.”
Amber Arcades plays Green Man Festival this month and will return to the UK for Festival No.6 in September, before embarking on a full UK tour in October with her biggest London headline show to date at The Dome on 10th October 2018. Live dates are as follows with UK shows in bold:
Sunday 12th August – Planet Oedipus Festival, Amsterdam
Friday 17th August – Green Man Festival, Crickhowell
Friday 7th September – Festival No. 6, Portmeirion
Wednesday 3rd October – The Exchange, Bristol
Thursday 4th October – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Friday 5th October – Mono, Glasgow
Saturday 6th October – Think Tank, Newcastle
Sunday 7th October – The Polar Bear, Hull
Tuesday 9th October – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Friday 12th October – The Haunt, Brighton
Thursday 25th October – Rotown, Rotterdam
Friday 26th October – Sugarfactory, Amsterdam
Saturday 27th October – Merelyn, Nijmegen
European Heartbreak was recorded and co-produced in LA with Chris Cohen from Deerhoof and in Richmond, Virginia with Trey Pollard (Natalie Prass, The Waterboys, Bedouine) who oversaw horn and string overdubs from Spacebomb. A vast step forward from her critically acclaimed debut album Fading Lines, this selection of songs flit around Europe, from Berlin to Spain to the south of France. It’s European not just in lyrical theme but in the sly sophistication of its music: songs that carry with them the air of open-topped cars on clifftop roads, of cocktails on the terrace at sunset. And then the lyrics undercut that sunny mood, artfully and skilfully.
European Heartbreak is about the nature of past and memory and our tendency to over-romanticise the events of our lives. It also deals with the passage of time, the relationship between past, present and future. And what is revealed, as the past is examined, is the disillusionment that had been concealed behind the carapace of romance. “Alpine Town”, “Oh My Love”, “Something’s Gonna Take Your Love Away” and “Goodnight Europe” encapsulate the album, digging into the themes of the record the most. Tourism, the romanticising of the past and of new love, how everything moves in cycles, the way things always change but never really change, our fluid concepts of nationality and identity… Both in politics and in love. European Heartbreak is an album that feels devastatingly truthful, precisely because it admits the lies.
Annelotte said the following about the album:
“If it were called American Heartbreak, you wouldn’t bat an eye. Somehow calling it European Heartbreak feels far less comfortable, almost like a statement in itself. I’m Dutch, hence European. The focus of the record is Europe. As for Heartbreak, for me a heartbreak symbolises any kind of falling apart of one of these concepts or stories we invent for ourselves, like romantic love, a sense of identity, nationality, an economic system. It’s kind of a universal thing in my mind.”
After recording sessions in LA, Annelotte embarked on a week-long road trip through California’s national parks ending up in Death Valley, viewing the sunset from a famous vantage point. Surrounded by tourists with their smartphones, all very much not of their environment, the moment captured the sense of alientation that haunts the album’s 11 songs. Everything clicked, it all came together: our quest for meaning, our ongoing existential crisis, our desire to live life to the fullest, and our need to convince ourselves we are doing so and to try to prove it to the world: through something as mundane as holiday photos. Photos taken at this moment would end up forming the album artwork and imagery.
You can take all that from European Heartbreak. On the other hand, of course, you can just hear one of the year’s best pop records, and relish the skill of the writing, the depth of the production, the insidiousness of the melodies. It depends how far you want to lift the veil of life.
European Heartbreak is available to pre-order here.