Heavenly records release Fading Lines, the dreamy debut from Amber Arcades. Beach House’s slow melancholy is an obvious reference for the group, but they add enough unique instrumental touches and electronic textures to stand out. This inventive indie-pop is perfect to drift asleep too. Available on CD and vinyl LP.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 June 2016
Probably not sounding all that much like Beach House despite the press release reference, the dreamy sound and that title is Amber Arcades who is one lady, Annelotte de Graaf, joined by menbers of Real Estate and Quilt.
Opener ‘Come With Me’ has tangling juddering guitar lines underpinning sweet vocals that sounds something like a sunnier Melody's Echo Chamber but within four notes of ‘Constant’s Dream’ I hear Beach House…or more accurately Mazzy Star with those the Velvets-like guitars. Not bad but should have perhaps come later in the record as the title track would have made a nice opening one two with the opener, it has skirling guitars and is as enjoyable as summer pop can be. This is feather-lite stuff, guitars dangle like droplets of water and splash upon the tight almost krauty percussion. That Real Estate drummer guy certainly knows how to keep a nice neat beat. The album is at its best when the guitars truly sparkle as on ‘Perpetuum Mobile’ which reminds you of that time the Stone Roses used to actually be able to jangle their guitars like the Byrds.
It’s a lovely sound - not candy floss sweet but still pretty sweet. As sweet as a bon bon perhaps. The album veers between mid paced jangling tracks and Galaxie 500 like slower paced trudges but ‘This Time’ sounds enough like Real Estate for me to consider doing a twirl.
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