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’ 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’ 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’ 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.”