Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf. Having written and recorded songs in a solo setting for some time, she flew out to New York in 2015 and teamed up with producer Ben Greenberg to record her debut album ‘Fading Lines.’
Amber Arcades’ debut album Fading Lines was released last summer on Heavenly Recordings to critically acclaim. 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. 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 debut album. There 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’. The album invites endless interpretations – or simply emotional and physical reactions of joy, loss and acceptance. The result is a dazzling debut, full of swirling, steely songs, from an exceptional new talent.
The ‘Cannonball’ EP was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg whilst the band were on tour and is the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut album Fading Lines. The EP opens with Amber Arcades’ reworking of the classic Nick Drake song, ‘Which Will’ featuring her trademark ethereal, hazy, krautrock sound. The BBC 6 Music A-Listed ‘It Changes’ follows, which is possibly Amber Arcades’ most irresistible and compelling pop single to date. ‘Wouldn’t Even Know’ features guest vocals from Bill Ryder-Jones. The EP closes with the title track, the brand new and as-yet-unheard ‘Cannonball’. The artwork was designed by Nick Helderman who has photographed all of Amber Arcades’ artwork and photos to date.