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Bored at My Grandmas House Releases New Single “How Do You See The World?” – Debut Album “Show & Tell” out June 7th via CLUE Records / EMI North

April 4, 2024
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Bored at My Grandmas House releases new single ‘How Do You See The World?’

Debut album Show & Tell out June 7th via CLUE Records / EMI North

Bored at My Grandmas House, AKA Leeds-based Amber Strawbridge, releases new single ‘How Do You See The World?’. This follows last month’s announcement of her debut album Show & Tell (June 7th/ CLUE Records (The Wedding Present, Van Houten, YOWL) / EMI North (Nadine Shah)). 

Reminiscent of artists like Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, and Alvvays, ‘How Do You See The World?’ continues Amber’s penchant for delivering tracks with weighty, exploratory lyrical themes over hopeful dream-pop sonics. Subtle, warm distortion underpins a jangly guitar frame, whilst Amber’s airy vocal takes aim at an apathetic approach to human-driven environmental ills. As she explains: 

“HDYSTW is a song I wrote about humanity’s greed, ignorance and lack of accountability surrounding the state of the world we live in. It’s about how we as humans still prioritise material goods, wealth and power rather than sustainability within society – even when all the facts, stats and evidence highlighting our negative impact and its dangers are handed to us on a plate. It’s me questioning how big we really are in the grand scope of life and predicting mother nature’s rightful comeback.” 

The single comes with a gorgeous animated video created by Studio Sparks (@studio_sparks_) – which sees Amber travelling through naturalistic pastel-paint-scapes, pitting the welcoming feeling of plants and creatures against human anxiety. 

The melody consumes the landscape, resonating tones and the most dreamy vocal harmonies emerge against the current to deliver this emotive and encapsulating ensemble. Bored At My Grandmas House proves again that there is this flawless ability to produce such immersive soundscapes, a structure which develops and adds various textures and tones and relies on shimmering hooks. Whilst the complex creation moves through intense passages, the intimate and raw lyrics compel and connect to the listener.

Once again this release combines a beautiful intimacy with a powerful contrast, the emotional cadence that resonates from the lyrics and harmonic delivery bouncing with the striking sounds and far-reaching melody that conquers the vision.

On her debut album, Bored at My Grandmas House explores a broad range of heavy topics including anxiety, friendship, introspection, love, human greed, mental health, loss and empathy (or a lack of it) in the world. Despite the breadth of themes covered, each track deals with the weight of the subject with real conviction, while not losing any of Amber’s trademark pop sensibilities. She elaborates a little more on the thematic process: 

“The main overall theme of this album is connection. Connection with myself, connection with the world and connection to the people around me who I love. This album is for me first and foremost and was a way for me to internally process. 

The origin of these tracks all stem from me wanting to understand these connections and process my emotions surrounding them. The album covers topics such as the power of queer love, humanity and its ‘delusions of grandeur’,  reflection and purpose. 

It would be unwise to say that I haven’t developed and changed a lot since my EP. I’ve experienced more, questioned more, felt more and allowed myself to be vulnerable more – which I hope translates throughout the Album.” 

Amber has received support and coverage from DIY, Dork, Clash, Brooklyn, Vegan, Rough Trade,  BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Rough Trade and more in the past, and has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Swn Festival, Standon Calling, Deer Shed (main stage) and more. 

Originally from Cumbria but now based in LeedsAmber began recording music in 2017 using garageband on her phone; she updated her bedroom set-up after saving up to buy a laptop and Logic Pro. After a couple of years of self taught production and recording Amber began working with Clue Records, releasing her debut EP ‘Sometimes I Forget You’re Human Too‘ which gained critical acclaim and sold out two pressings all before Amber had ever played a single gig. 

Amber wrote and recorded all the demos for her debut album in her bedroom, before taking them to The Nave studio where she worked with Alex Greaves to give them a studio twist, allowing them to fulfil their rightful potential. 

Live Dates 
16th October – London – MOTH Club  

Show & Tell Tracklisting 
1. Intro 
2. Inhibitions 
3. Show & Tell 
4. Friendship Bracelets 
5. Heavy Head 
6. How Do You See The World? 
7. I Like What You Bring Out In Me 
8. Don’t Do Anything Stupid 
9. Imposter Syndrome 
10. Moving Slow 
11. We See The World 
12. Hide & Seek 

https://boredatmygrandmashouse.bandcamp.com/album/show-tell-2

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