“A blissful, Stereolab-influenced gem” – Gorilla vs. Bear "Incandescent glimmer."– Stereogum “Lighthearted indie-pop” - NYLON "Amber Arcades will pull you under her spell" –Consequence of Sound "What a damn fine thing it is - as suitable for sleety January days as it is balmy festival mornings." – Noisey
Following the release of her standout debut album Fading Lines last summer and subsequent US tour this past September and October supporting Nada Surf, Dutch musician Amber Arcades is pleased to announce the forthcoming Cannonball EP, that will see release on June 2nd through Heavenly Recordings. Like Fading Lines, the EP was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men). Alongside this announcement the band has debuted the lyric video for single “It Changes”, created by Ben Clarkson. Watch it HERE.
Of the track’s motivation front woman Annelotte de Graaf explains: “Everything changes, all the time. You think that when starting something new you can kinda tell which way it will go, but you never do. I always try to aim for constancy and stability but things always get messier than I foresaw. And hey, maybe that’s actually what makes it worthwhile.”
The Cannonball EP opens with Amber Arcades’ reworking of the classic Nick Drake cut“Which Will” (from his seminal 1972 album Pink Moon) highlighting the band’s characteristic Krautrock-infused haze and – furthermore – Annelotte de Graaf’s reverence for an artist she truly admires. “It Changes” follows, possibly Amber Arcades’ most irresistible and compelling pop single to date. Furthermore, the EP will feature three brand new tracks in the form of “Can’t Say That We Tried”, “Wouldn’t Even Know’”(featuring Bill Ryder-Jones on vocals) and the title track, “Cannonball”. Photographer Nick Helderman shot the EP artwork.
About the EP as a whole de Graaf elaborates: “I'm so happy to be releasing these tunes. We had two days off in New York on our tour last September and we recorded them in that time. I've thought about postponing their release and waiting till I have more songs to make it into a full record, but I actually feel like they fit together wonderfully as an EP and am glad they get to be out there in this form.”
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