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Premiere: Stream AMARA’s Tearjerking ‘Kaolin’ EP

Music

Premiere: Stream AMARA’s Tearjerking ‘Kaolin’ EP

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There’s a timeless quality to the music of AMARA. The three songs that make up her Kaolin EP could be plucked from any era where the magic of voice, piano, and a heavy heaping of regret and sadness all work together in harmony. “True Romance”, in particular, is a bare-bones, and cut-to-the-bone piano ballad, while “Porcelain” picks up the pace with handclap percussion that nonetheless belies the emotion underneath. We asked the Los Angeles-based artist to talk us through each of the tracks.


“True Romance”

“‘True Romance’ is about that honeymoon part of love where you think the sun shines out of this person’s ass & when you’re with them everything else becomes irrelevant. I wanted it to have a a melodic & vocal presence like Billie Holiday but also incorporate my distinct form of darkness & sort of lead listeners to think they’ve signed up for a sweet love song & then leave them feeling like something is slightly off or wrong toward the end of the song.”


“Last Night”

“‘Last Night’ is very much based on a real experience. I met this guy at a swing club and we were drawn to each other like magnets. He was the local swing expert and everyone at the club knew him and I was this naive, curious girl. I wanted the song to feel seductive & mysterious just like our encounter was, with a lot of talk happening without many words being spoken. Charles Black came through with his usual magic…those hip hop drums at the end fucking blew my mind the first time I heard them.”


“Porcelain”

“‘Porcelain’ is a very personal song for me. I intentionally made the song upbeat & smooth because I really love contradiction & if you actually listen to what I’m saying, this song is really fucked up. It’s about women & the pursuit of physical perfection to such an extreme length that the question is “When will I be porcelain?” In other words “When will I go so far into the pursuit of beauty that I lose my humanity entirely?” I’m a big horror film junky and I really wanted to paint the most disturbing image whilst giving a happy melodic impression cause I’m fucking twisted like that. I sort of enjoy the idea of setting people up to think something is one thing and then flipping the script. I feel like it can be a lot more impacting when you’re caught off guard.”

Kaolin is available now. Hear more from her, here.