The debut LP from Amber Run is finally out. Produced by Mike Crossey (Foals, Arctic Monkeys) you can rest assured it’s going to be an extremely catchy cut of Britrock. 5AM has everything you love about music - danceable drum beats, cozy vocal harmonies and intricate intertwined guitars, all working together towards bombastic explosions.
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6/10 Robin Staff review, 02 June 2015
Fun fact: Embrace and Snow Patrol released their debut albums the same year. They should’ve saved time and just absorbed one another into a post-post-Britpop band of supergroup proportions. Imagine if “Ashes” was the same song as “Chasing Cars” -- you’d have the loudest, most vaguely emotive song of all time, and if you listened to it you might actually become a platitude. That dream is over, sadly, but Amber Run exist, and they are all the things that Embrace and Snow Patrol both became: terrifyingly loud, supremely early oughties, and the direct responsibility of Chris Martin.
Produced by a guy who has also worked with the Arctic Monkeys and Foals -- so like, self-serious indie rock bands from right here -- ‘5AM’ is a tremendously bombastic record, each song gearing its way to a climax before the band have as much as breathed. “Noah” comes pre-established with Biblical ambitions and bursts onto the scene with a thrumming, nervous piano that makes way for shimmering drums and the most earnest vocal performance ever moaned. The song does post-Britpop’s favourite thing: it refrains, for a moment, resting on gentle chords before being thrown back into the fire of harmonies and bear hugs.
“C.F.” twinkles with guitars, organs and all the things that happened on the heaven-breaching ‘X&Y’; title track “5AM” flirts with electronic beats and guitar lines as yearning as London Grammar; “Good Morning” sails in on a guitar riff of accidental funk a la the 1975, before the band groan their way through sadder, more serious avenues. There’s plenty of tricks to watch out for, then, but ‘5AM’ is ultimately a throwback to that thing that Travis started, only with new shimmering tricks, a big production budget and about ten times the heart. Phew.
10/10 Jordy Customer review, 24th June 2015
I came across this band by accident but I'm so glad I did. Some of their songs sound like a weird merge of Bastille and the 1975 and This album provides everything you want from music; each song has an emotion and makes you feel some kind of way, there's so much passion in each one. The way they merge songs, I especially like the way the CF interlude and 5AM go into each other so well, the beautiful lyrics in chamber, the soul and meaning behind each song. This album is easy to listen to and provides such positive vibes, I must say I've never loved a whole album by anyone before this one came out. Amber run are one truly talented band that will be huge one day.
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