Amber Arcades

Premiere: Amber Arcades “Can’t Say That We Tried” - Stolen Sessions Live Performance

Nov 30, 2017

Back in the summer, Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, known as Amber Arcades, released the Cannonball EP, recorded during a two-day session in New York last fall. One of the beautiful standouts from the EP was "Can't Say That We Tried". The frayed innocence of De Graaf's voice rises over slow building organs to a finale of grandeur. It's an absorbing listen and recently, Stolen Sessions captured Amber Arcades performing the song live, with an added minimal drum loop. Under the Radar is sharing the premiere. 

Similar to NPR's Tiny Desk concert series, Stolen Sessions brings specially shot live tracks from the best new artists, traveling from all across the world to be captured in London’s most iconic spots. They’ve already filmed Danish three-piece Baby In Vain, electro-pop duo Anna Of The North and Nuria Graham, a young Catalan songwriter who just released her 3rd record with Primavera Sound’s label.

de Graaf had this to say about 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 idealized 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 idealized vision you can't really say you've tried or given anything a fair shot."

Well said. Amber Arcades just started mixing her next record due spring 2018.