Preceding the release of her forthcoming Cannonball EP (Out 6/2 on Heavenly Recordings), Dutch musician Amber Arcades is pleased to share another brand new track “Wouldn’t Even Know” which features esteemed English singer-songwriter Bill Ryder-Jones.
Annelotte de Graaf (Amber Arcades) says of the track: “This may be the song I’m most proud of so far… It’s been a long time in the making, starting out with the chorus which I initially thought was gonna be for a funky kind of jam. Then, after a long time fermenting in my brain, I pieced it together with this slow Yo La Tengo kinda verse that’d been popping up in my thoughts. The result is this tune which makes me feel melancholic but uplifted at the same time. Also super into Bill’s vocals on it. His dark broody voice really ties it all together.”
Bill Ryder-Jones adds: “I was already a fan of Amber Arcades when I was asked to put a vocal on this. I’m quite jealous of Annelotte’s ability to find the right words to fit her melodies, it’s a rare thing these days. The song is beautiful.”
Like debut LP Fading Lines, the EP was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men).
The Cannonball EP opens with Amber Arcades’ reworking of the classic Nick Drake cut “Which Will” (from his seminal 1972 album Pink Moon) highlighting the band’s characteristic Krautrock-infused haze and – furthermore – Annelotte de Graaf’s reverence for an artist she truly admires. “It Changes” follows, possibly Amber Arcades’ most irresistible and compelling pop single to date. Furthermore, 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”. Photographer Nick Helderman shot the EP artwork.
About the EP as a whole de Graaf elaborates: “I’m so happy to be releasing these tunes. We had two 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.”