England’s Amber Run delve into the depths on their fourth studio album, How To Be Human
Amber Run create an introspective and emotionally charged album that showcases the British rockers’ impressive range and depth.
Amber Run have been a staple in the indie rock scene since their debut in 2013, yet the band is not what you would call “media darlings.” Since their debut ten years ago, they have flown under the radar. And with it, they have had to grow their status organically through their hardworking approach and DIY ingenuity. Their newest release, How To Be Human, has the potential to change that dynamic. Their latest project, a 13-track affair, is set for release on February 24 and does not disappoint.
The album opens with the soft and soothing ‘Flowers (Interlude I),’ a fitting introduction to their signature sound of hauntingly beautiful vocals and heart-wrenching arrangements. Backed by subtle piano instrumentation, the track is both romantic and somber, setting the tone for the rest of the album.
Other notable early tracks include the noteworthy ‘Hurt’ and ‘Honeylight.’ ‘Hurt’ is a brooding and atmospheric track that explores mental health and the struggles inherent with depression. The track builds to a powerful crescendo allowing for Keogh’s soaring vocals and the band’s driving instrumentation to come together in a potent and necessary cathartic release. Add ‘Honeylight’ to the mix, and the first three tracks offer impressive moments back-to-back-to-back. The track is a dynamic emotional ballad that showcases lead singer Joe Keogh’s incredible vocal range.
The title track, ‘How To Be Human,’ falls roughly halfway into the listen. On this track, the band delves into the complexities of human emotions and relationships. With lyrics that are both relatable and thought-provoking, the track is sure to be a high point on the record for many listeners.
Overall, How To Be Human is a sublime collection of introspective and emotionally charged songs that showcase the British rockers’ impressive range and depth. From catchy and upbeat tracks to haunting and emotional ballads, the album has something for everyone. The clear and punchy production highlights the band’s tight musicianship, energy, and message in a straightforward and unabashed approach. Amber Run continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the indie rock scene, and How To Be Human is a must-listen for fans of the band and newcomers alike. Let’s hope the greater media start to take notice.
Standout Songs: Hurt, Honeylight, Ride, How To Be Human, The Beautiful Victorious, The Start
Release Date: February 24
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