"penetrating, strong-willed dream-pop": MOJO (Rising feature, February 2017)

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. ‘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”. 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. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Which Will
2. It Changes
3. Can’t Say That We Tried
4. Wouldn’t Even Know (featuring Bill Ryder-Jones)
5. Cannonball

‘Cannonball’ EP artwork


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, with UK shows in bold:

22-Mar-17 United Kingdom York The Basement
23-Mar-17 United Kingdom Edinburgh Potterrow (Grandaddy Support)
24-Mar-17 United Kingdom Glasgow Glad Cafe
26-Mar-17 United Kingdom Newcastle Hoults Yard (Grandaddy Support)
27-Mar-17 United Kingdom Leeds The Leeds Irish Centre (Grandaddy Support)
28-Mar-17 United Kingdom Manchester Albert Hall (Grandaddy Support)
29-Mar-17 United Kingdom Nottingham Rock City (Grandaddy Support)
30-Mar-17 United Kingdom Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
31-Mar-17 United Kingdom Bristol Colston Hall (Grandaddy Support)
01-Apr-17 United Kingdom Brighton Concorde 2 (Grandaddy Support)
03-Apr-17 United Kingdom London Roundhouse (Grandaddy Support)
05-Apr-17 Belgium Brussels Ancienne Belgique (Grandaddy Support)
08-Apr-17 Belgium Genk Little Waves Festival
09-Apr-17 France Lille L'Aeronef (Grandaddy Support)
13-Apr-17 The Netherlands Groningen VERA
14-Apr-17 The Netherlands Zwolle Hedon
15-Apr-17 The Netherlands Nijmegen Doornroosje
20-Apr-17 The Netherlands Amsterdam Paradiso
21-Apr-17 The Netherlands The Hague Paard Van Troje
22-Apr-17 The Netherlands Utrecht Tivoli Vrendeburg
28-Apr-17 United Kingdom London The Finsbury - Popular Culture
29-Apr-17 United Kingdom Leeds Live at Leeds
30-Apr-17 United Kingdom Manchester The Old Pint Pot - Sounds From The Other City / Heavenly Stage
30-Apr-17 United Kingdom Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory - FestEvol Gardens 2017
04-May-17 Italy Bologna Covo Club
05-May-17 Italy Firenze Glue
06-May-17 Italy Pordenone Astro Club
07-May-17 Italy Milan Magnolia
20-May-17 Netherlands Amsterdam EYE Filmmuseum
26-Aug-17 United Kingdom Totnes Totnes Civic Hall - Sea Change 2017 / Heavenly Takeover
16-Sep-17 United Kingdom Blackburn Holy Trinity Church - Confessional 17


Watch the video for ‘Turning Light’ HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Fading Lines’ HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Right Now’ HERE.


Press quotes for ‘Fading Lines’:

‘a real talent’ – The Guardian
'dreamily melodic indie-pop': Q
'Terrific indie pop debut... a winning mix of mist and muscle': Uncut
‘one of the most quietly unassuming yet inherently beautiful records to grace our speakers in years’: Drowned In Sound
‘De Graaf's debut is a beauty': London In Stereo
‘Stereolab-like dream-pop from the one-to-watch Dutch singer’: The Sunday Times
'the new soundtrack to your post-festival comedown': Loud & Quiet

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