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Amber Arcades brand new single ‘Where Do You Go’ is out today, accompanied by the final part of the ‘European Heartbreak’ Trilogy.
A beautiful film written & directed by Eliott Arndt.

Annelotte says the following about the third single ‘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.

These Films by Amber Arcades – Part 1 of 3 Music – Goodnight Europe Director – Elliott Arndt “A lot of the themes Annelotte de Graaf has written about for her record struck very close to home. What I found especially poignant in her lyrics is how it’s mostly through a study of herself and a nonchalant look outside her window that Annelotte makes us get a sense of the political turmoil that’s affecting her. In that respect, I was interested in trying to represent this sense of “banality” in a young adult couple in 2018, who are not only the fruit of a vibrant European Union, but also perhaps the ones most directly affected by its dismantling. I wanted to depict a static, homesick, glitchy romance. And here it is, trying all it can to grow against, amongst and beyond the constricting geographical barriers surrounding it.”

Music video by Amber Arcades performing Simple Song. Heavenly Recordings

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Amber Arcades has shared glorious psychedelic hymn ‘Alpine Town’.

The Dutch musician will return on September 28th, when new album ‘European Heartbreak‘ drops via Heavenly Recordings. New song ‘Alpine Town’ is online now, and it opens in sparse, languid territory, before the arrangement suddenly powers forward.

Annelotte De Graaf’s wonderfully moving vocal sits at the forefront, and the songwriter comments:

“I wrote this song exactly a year ago while on holiday in Guillestre, a small town in the French Alps. I was kind of in a sad place and my boyfriend had dragged me along to get away from all that, but I guess it doesn’t really work like that, ha. It just made me reflect on the sad part of the tourist condition as a metaphor for life, man.”

Tour Dates:

July
26 Cambridge The Portland Arms
27 Oxford The Cellar
28 Derbyshire Indietracks

August
17 Green Man Festival

September
Portmeirion Festival No. 6

Amber Arcades have announced a new album ‘European Heartbreak’ and are heading out on a pre album release tour this June.

A Film by Amber Arcades – Part 1 of 3 Music – Goodnight Europe Director – Elliott Arndt “A lot of the themes Annelotte de Graaf has written about for her record struck very close to home. What I found especially poignant in her lyrics is how it’s mostly through a study of herself and a nonchalant look outside her window that Annelotte makes us get a sense of the political turmoil that’s affecting her. In that respect, I was interested in trying to represent this sense of “banality” in a young adult couple in 2018, who are not only the fruit of a vibrant European Union, but also perhaps the ones most directly affected by its dismantling. I wanted to depict a static, homesick, glitchy romance. And here it is, trying all it can to grow against, amongst and beyond the constricting geographical barriers surrounding it.”

Simple Song, the second part of a three video trilogy, “which tells a modern European (love) story, touching on various thoughts and feelings that inspired my new record.” Musically, Simple Song shows the gentle progress of Amber Arcades’ sound; the driving rhythms and easy guitars remain, yet it’s a crisper sound, each idea more distinct and bolder than ever before, there’s even room for some delightful horn interludes courtesy of the Spacebomb house-band. As with all her best track the joy here is in the contrast, the breezy sound juxtaposing the sadness in the vocal, the confident musical decisions contradicting the doubt written large in the lyrics.

Music video by Amber Arcades performing Simple Song. Heavenly Recordings

Delighted to announce Amber Arcades new album, European Heartbreak, will be released on the 28th September 2018.

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Friends, I have some announcements! First of all, I’d like to share my video for “It Changes”: three and a half minutes of illustrated colourful madness, courtesy of Ben Clarkson. Hope you enjoy! Second of all, I have a whole EP named “Cannonball EP” which I would love you to listen too and a few european select dates. Alongside “It Changes” it will feature my reworking of Nick Drake’s “Which Will” and also 3 more as of yet unreleased tracks. .

It Changes is written by Annelotte De Graaf
Produced and recorded by Ben Greenberg
Mixed by Jez Williams

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Guitars by Manuel van den Berg and Annelotte de Graaf
Bass by Ronald Straetemans
Drums by Jaap Bontekoe
Keys by Ella van der Woude

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More new music from the Netherlands, this time courtesy of Utrecht’s Amber Arcades. Following on from last year’s debut album Fading Lines, her latest EP aims to build on that solid foundation with more radio-friendly indie-rock. It succeeds, and then some.

It says a lot about the quality of Amber Arcades’ songwriting that I didn’t realise at first that the opening track was a Nick Drake song. Like all the best cover versions, it succeeds in taking the track in a new direction without losing the essence of the original. The original compositions are equally good though, especially the Cardigans cum Cate Le Bon indie-pop of ‘It Comes’ and the gently twinkling Bill Ryder-Jones duet ‘Wouldn’t Even Know’. You get the sense she’s still only warming up though – roll on the next record if so.

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“It Changes” is written by Annelotte De Graaf
Produced and recorded by Ben Greenberg
Mixed by Jez Williams

Guitars by Manuel van den Berg
Bass by Ronald Straetemans
Drums by Jaap Bontekoe
Synths and keys by Ella van der Woude

Amber Arcades go big on ‘Can’t Say That We Tried’

Dutch-born musician Annelotte De Graaf, aka Amber Arcades is releasing her new EP ‘Cannonball’ in June, and we’ve got a listen to its latest single, ’Can’t Say That We Tried’, a slow burner, but one which becomes all the more grand and affecting in its finale as a result.

Nestling nicely into the middle of the new EP, it’s another example of De Graaf’s piercing vocals, which are allowed to shine on top of some of the most minimal instrumentation she’s provided yet.

Talking of the track, De Graaf says: ”I feel like a lot of times when I am attracted to a certain person or situation, it is not so much the person or situation itself but more my idea of what they represent, and this idea does not necessarily represent reality in any way.

“Getting to know people is scary because it necessarily requires you to burry your idealised version of a person and thereby burry a little piece of yourself or your childlike dreams maybe. But then again if you run away the moment someone doesn’t seem to nicely conform to your idealised vision you can’t really say you’ve tried or given anything a fair shot.”

Amber Arcades is set to play Live At Leeds and Sounds From The Other City festivals later this month.

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Amber Arcades’ Annelotte De Graaf might be among the hardest working human in alternative rock. Despite pretty much never stopping touring since releasing her debut album last year, Annelotte has found some time to go back into the studio. This week Amber Arcades have shared a brand new track, “It Changes”, which is apparently lifted from a new EP, coming out later this year. That release is on top of more touring soon as support to Grandaddy .

Thankfully, on It Changes the hard-work more than pays off. It’s a slightly less-polished affair than some of Amber Arcade’s previous output, the guitars just a little more rough around the edges and a bit more rocky, the vocal a bit less dreamy and a bit more out there, it works beautifully. What it still does possess, as almost all Amber Arcades tracks do, is a stunning chorus, an easy bouncing rhythm, Annelotte simply repeats, “it changes, it changes“, but somehow stumbles upon a melody that just won’t leave your head. Discussing the track Annelotte notes, “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 music is anything but, just perfect glistening pop from a star in the making.

Amber Arcades UK tour soon, including dates with Grandaddy.

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“It Changes” is written by Annelotte De Graaf
Produced and recorded by Ben Greenberg
Mixed by Jez Williams

Guitars by Manuel van den Berg
Bass by Ronald Straetemans
Drums by Jaap Bontekoe
Synths and keys by Ella van der Woude

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The back story behind Amber Arcades is almost as fascinating the music. It’s essentially the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Annelotte De Graaf, who by day works as a legal aide for Syrian refugees in her native Utrecht. Prior to that, she sat on United Nations tribunals dedicated to war crimes. Clearly well versed on humanitarian issues, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her debut, Fading Lines, is one of the most quietly unassuming yet inherently beautiful records to grace our speakers in years. But then even the story of Amber Arcades eventually signing to revered UK independent Heavenly Recordings is shrouded in more luck than judgment. An occasional flatmate of De Graaf’s secured a job with the label and handing them a demo on the off chance someone might listen to it. Which might seem preposterous on the surface yet would have been an even bigger travesty had these songs not been heard in the first place. Nevertheless, eventually signing in January of this year, we’re here now with arguably among the finest debut releases of 2016, An artist to watch.

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Amber Arcades, the project of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, when she gave away her excellent EP Patiently. She was touted as one to watch, and she signed to Heavenly Recordings, we weren’t the only ones who noticed her undeniable talent.

Whilst details of her debut album are earmarked for Spring but that’s all we know, Annelotte has shared the first single to be lifted from the record “Turning Light”. The track marks a gentle shift in direction replacing the dream-like, lo-fi folk sounds of her earlier work with driving motorik-beats and crisper clearer vocals, The track came about from a heady mix of jetlag and accidental melodic matchmaking; Annelotte stumbling in to the studio unable to sleep and finding bassist Keven Laureau (a member of the excellent psych folk band Quilt) jamming a krautrocky bassline, a unwitting perfect match for an unplaced vocal that wouldn’t leave Annelotte’s head. This track serves as a stunning sample of what to expect from her debut album, that looks set to be the latest great record from the Heavenly label who seemingly aren’t putting a foot wrong at the moment.

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Turning Light is written by Annelotte De Graaf and Keven Lareau

Produced, recorded and mixed by Ben Greenberg
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering, Brooklyn, NYC

All songs recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Recording Studio and Figure 8 Recording, Brooklyn, NYC

Guitars by Shane Butler
Bass and drums by Keven Lareau
Synths by Jackson Pollis.

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Right Now is written by Annelotte De Graaf . It’s hard to imagine a better way to start a day than slowly waking up to the dulcet tones of Annelotte de Graff, aka Amber Arcades. Accompanied by her impeccably dressed, and damn good looking band, their debut album Fading Lines, which is one of the years finest, Amber Arcades’ take on hazy, dream-pop which is absolutely perfect.

Produced, recorded and mixed by Ben Greenberg
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering, Brooklyn, NYC

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All songs recorded and mixed at Strange Weather Recording Studio and Figure 8 Recording, Brooklyn, NYC

Guitars by Shane Butler
Bass by Keven Lareau
Drums by Jackson Pollis