Comparisons, when used to describe music, can often be a blessing or a curse. Those who are named in the same light as big stars are useful in grabbing the attention of an existing audience, but a prospect can often find themselves shackled to that artist. Hailing from the town of Chippenham, Wiltshire in the heart of the West Country, Amber Grace found herself almost immediately associated with the meteoric rise of Gabrielle Aplin, from the same neck of the woods. The impressive debut of Aplin can be seen as a greatly flattering comparison for young Amber Grace. The similarities are apparent between the two, young female songwriters with an impressive musical ability and with beautiful distinctive voices, but it is the voice itself that separates Amber Grace from her fellow native.
Both brilliant voices in every respect, Amber Grace has a richer, deeper and soulful edge that encapsulates her performances. Some voices stick with you, and Amber Grace’s certainly stands out from existing up-and-coming artists. The depth and rich feel of her vocals, when coupled with her extraordinary emotion-fueled lyrics, are the definite highlight of her tracks. Legends, Myths and Lies EP is Grace’s first release, of which £400 of her own money went towards its production, and is due to be released on the 10th September. Eight months in production, the hard work by Grace is soon to be put into motion.
Some voices stick with you….amber Grace’s certainly stands out
‘Like a Child’ Is a track that captures the adolescent nature of her lyricism, and the experience of growing up when you don’t want to leave your childhood memories behind. The intimacy of the performance, backed only by a simple acoustic guitar and solitary percussion, create a track that allows you to listen intently to the lyrics which are told brilliantly by Amber Grace’s distinctive voice.
The love story told by ‘Hold Tight’ is a great contrast to the previous track. The feeling of not wanting to be used by someone you love, just as a body to hold tight, is a story so familiar to some. The feeling that you deserved to be adored, not just a person to be used is portrayed by Grace, who sings with such conviction it appears she is far more an experienced artist than you first believe. ‘Glow’ is the opposite side of the story, someone who believes that their lover should be treated and revered so that they do not lose their glow. The imagery that is conjured up in this track is particularly impressive, coupled with a skilled musical performance.
The track ‘Tempest’ finishes the EP with a soulful, emotional performance that demonstrates how someone can be changed by their experiences, and can even be shown by their appearance. The tempest is described as the outpouring of emotion, which can’t be hidden. Yet again, the story telling and imagery that is summoned by her powerful voice stands out, accompanied by a stirring musical arrangement.
Overall, the release is brilliant. The song writing itself is stand out for a first release, and you get the feeling that it can only get better. The production of the EP is excellent, the roughness around the edges as you’d expect with a premier release is missing, owing to the great work of Guy Britton of Riverbank Studios. And throughout the EP, Amber Grace’s vocal performance is superb. Amber Grace certainly has a voice that deserves to be heard, and I hope this release gets the credit and recognition it deserves. I am very excited to see what this new artist can do next, particularly how far her song writing can stretch to. A newer release will hopefully give Amber Grace a chance to fully showcase her talents and demonstrate how far her voice can take her.
Amber Grace’s Legend’s, Myths and Lies EP will be available to download on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon from the 10th of September, and can be found on her Bandcamp page