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Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf.
De Graaf first started writing songs in 2010 while temporarily living in Philadelphia. Back in the Netherlands she put out a first EP in 2012 containing soft-voiced, melancholic folk ballads.
Wanting to develop her sound and mature from the safe bedroom folk environment, she got in touch with producer Ben Greenberg (Beach Fossils, The Men, Destruction Unit) to produce a collection of songs she had written over the years. In May 2015, de Graaf flew out to New York to record the songs in the Strange Weather recording studio in Brooklyn, backed by a band consisting of members of Real Estate, Quilt and Kevin Morby.
The result is a record that is as dreamy and esoteric as it is gripping, presenting slightly off, floating pop melodies over a mixture of kraut-inspired drums, cutting guitars and fuzzed-out organs.
Britain are a young duo from Preston comprising of Joey Cobb and Katie Drew. Working under the constraints of a minimal setup, they subtly blend synth, guitar and drum machine with whispered, haunting vocals.’Together they don’t so much play songs as cast spells with a feathery beauty not heard since the sweet opium fog of early Cocteau Twins’.
Britain are due to release their debut record on Heavenly Recordings in 2017.
Drahla are a trio from Leeds/ Wakefield. Their songs exude a stripped back post punk menace & combine sparse arrangements, pounding drums & the biting chants of Luciel Brown & Rob Riggs. Songs such as 'Fictional Decision' (released March 17th on A Turntable Friend) have brought comparisons to Parquet Courts & Life Without Buildings. With notable supports with Buzzcocks, Menace Beach, Amber Arcades, Lion Limb & Dream Wife under their belts, 2017 is set to be an exciting year for the band.
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