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Amber Arcades

Cannonball EP

Heavenly

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It’s usually a bad sign when the best song on your new EP is a cover tune. And it’s even worse if that song is the opening track. But Amber Arcades’ version of Nick Drake’s “Which Will” fits so well within their archetypical dream twee sound that there is no drop off with the four tracks that follow.

In fact the next two tracks, “It Changes” and “Wouldn’t Even Know,” are just as upbeat with a multi-layered and textural edge to them. Mixing some nice atmospheric guitar swirls, and just enough grit and grime, to the pop melodies make them appealing to both the indie and pop worlds.

Rounding out the EP are two slow burners. “Can’t Say That I Tried” and “Cannonball” continue the shimmering excursion with a languid dreaminess, allowing Annelotte de Graaf’s wistful and airy vocals to take center stage.

The Cannonball EP builds on the reverb-coated rock lullabies from Amber Arcades’ 2016 debut album Fading Lines and is an amiable, if not innovative, EP of jaunty and jangly atmospheric dream-pop. (www.amberarcades.net)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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