Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte De Graaf, today shares the beautiful video for ‘Wouldn’t Even Know’ featuring Bill Ryder-Jones. ‘Wouldn’t
Even Know’ is taken from the new five track ‘Cannonball’ EP, which was released last week (2nd June) on Heavenly Recordings.
Director Wander Andringa says of the stunning visuals, "Getting all the right elements together really worked for this video. An old Mercedes, two amazing characters, a dreamy band and the Dutch countryside. It's a journey in which Annelotte and Bill find each other in the music, something that connects us even though we all have our differences. "
Annelotte told us "I wanted the video to look like the song sounds... Flowing at a certain pass, broody, yearning and uplifting. I also really love the Sonic Youth video for their version of "Superstar", that inspired me to do a kind of live performance of the song for the video. Mixed together with the shots driving through the Dutch countryside I think it really captures the mood of the song. Wander did an awesome job, even though I'm pretty sure me and Bill weren't the most easily directable "actors" (sneaking sessions watching football in a pub into the day's program), haha."
Shares "Wouldn't Even Know" ft. Bill Ryder-Jones, taken from new EP ‘Cannonball’ due 2nd June on Heavenly
Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte De Graaf, today shares a video for her current single, "Can't Say That We Tried", taken from the
upcoming 'Cannonball' EP, out on June 2nd 2017 via Heavenly Recordings. The video was directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan and is available to watch and
Annelotte said of the video: "sometimes when I'm bored I just randomly click when I get a notification that someone likes my page. Like a kind of market research I tell myself cos I can't accept that maybe I'm just a creepy internet stalker yet. This one day I clicked and I came on the Facebook profile of this guy Don and he had a link to his Vimeo page and since I was really bored I clicked further on that and then I saw he made some pretty amazing stuff. I especially liked this video he had made of an aquarium with dreamy fish. The week after my label guy told me it would be good to have a video for this song and I just thought about this fishy video. Like how the fish just float around, not knowing that there is this whole world outside of this aquarium, it's beautiful but also kind of sad, which is how I feel about this song. So I asked Don if he'd be into making an edit of his material to fit the song and shot some extra footage of me singing the tune to mix up with it. Like Sinead O'Connor vids kinda. I love how it all turned out and I love how the whole thing was kind of born out of a coincidence, like me clicking that notification that time. The magic of this internet world."
Currently touring the UK with Grandaddy, today Amber Arcades unveil new single, "Can't Say That We Tried", taken from the upcoming Cannonball EP.
Songwriter Annelotte De Graaf says of the song, "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 bury your idealised version of a person and thereby bury 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." Listen below...
Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte De Graaf, will release a brand new five track EP entitled ‘Cannonball’ on 2nd June 2017 via Heavenly
Recordings. The EP was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg whilst the band were on tour and is the first new release since last
year’s critically acclaimed debut album Fading Lines. Today she shares a lyric video for her current single, ‘It Changes’:
About the track EP Annelotte said: “I'm so happy to be releasing these tunes! We had 2 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.”
The ‘Cannonball’ EP opens with Amber Arcades’ reworking of the classic Nick Drake song, ‘Which Will’ (from his seminal 1972 album Pink Moon) featuring her
trademark ethereal, hazy, krautrock sound, and is available to listen to HERE. ‘It Changes’ follows, which is possibly Amber Arcades’ most irresistible and compelling pop single to
date and which was described by The Line Of Best Fit as “something that goes a lot, lot deeper than your average feel good summer track” – listen to it HERE. 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’. The artwork was
shot by Nick Helderman who has photographed all of Amber Arcades’ artwork and photos to date.
‘Cannonball’ will be available on LP & Digital. Pre-order the EP now
Following a packed show at London’s Oslo, Amber Arcades will return to the UK and Europe as a special guest of Grandaddy this March and April, with a London show at The Roundhouse on April 3rd 2017. Full live dates are as follows:
Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte De Graaf, has shared a brand new track entitled ‘It Changes’. The track went down a storm when premiered live at her recent UK shows at Oslo in London and at the Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge and is perhaps her most irresistible and compelling pop single to date. Annelotte said the following about the track:
“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.”
Following a packed headline show at Oslo in London last week and a performance at the Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge yesterday, Amber Arcades, the moniker of Dutch-born
musician Annelotte De Graaf, is delighted to announce a UK and European tour as a special guest of Grandaddy. The tour will call at The Roundhouse in London on April 3rd
2017. The full live dates are as follows:
Thursday 23rd March - Potterrow, Edinburgh
Sunday 26th March - Hoults Yard, Newcastle
Monday 27th March - Irish Centre, Leeds
Tuesday 28th March - Albert Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 29th March - Rock City, Nottingham
Friday 31st March - Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 1st April - Concorde, Brighton (SOLD OUT)
Monday 3rd April - Roundhouse, London
Wednesday 5th April - AB Hall, Brussels, Belgium
Sunday 9th April - L'Aeronef, Lille, France
(Tickets available from the link below)
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.
Amber Arcades’ most recent release was an upbeat reworking of the classic Nick Drake song, ‘Which Will’ (from his seminal 1972 album Pink Moon) featuring her trademark ethereal, hazy, krautrock sound. The track has become a fan favourite during the band’s live shows and is available to listen to HERE.
De Graaf is currently working on new music for release in the Spring, details of which will be announced soon.